The farmers of the Bukonzo Organic Farmers Cooperative Union have come together for years to learn from one another and to support each others’ efforts in growing some of the world’s most delicious coffee.
COVID-19 may have curbed their coffee production, but it hasn’t stopped their cooperation. With the novel coronavirus advancing toward their farms in Uganda’s highlands, the farmers have come together to distribute emergency supplies to those in their community sheltering in place.
It’s one of several examples we’ve seen where the coffee-growing communities we’ve brought together to improve lives and livelihoods have put their networks to new use.
Farmers in Ecuador who once hauled green coffee cherries to market are now distributing personal protective equipment, personal hygiene kits, food and other help. Honduran coffee communities have used an educational farming app we helped to create to remain connected and share information on COVID-19.
Around the world, our farmers are banding together to share resources and information even when their return to farming is uncertain.
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“Coronavirus is arriving in coffee farming communities around the world,” says Rick Peyser, LWR’s coffee and cocoa expert. He explains that mobility restrictions mean it’s harder for coffee workers to reach their jobs and more difficult for coffee growers to get to markets.
But there's a way you can directly help coffee farmers struggling through this difficult time. LWR Farmers Market Coffee is coffee direct from farmer to you. With each delicious bag you buy, farmers receive a strong, up-front price for their beans and share in the profit of the coffee sales.
In these times, when it’s especially hard to sustain incomes, subscribing to regular shipments of LWR Farmers Market Coffee says – quite literally – we're all in this together. We depend on farmers to produce the coffee we love, and farmers count on your purchases to keep their families and farmers going. Your regular shipments bring farmers the piece of mind and income that can only come from a steady demand.