Our partnership with Farmer Brothers Coffee, a U.S. coffee roaster, wholesaler and distributor of coffee, tea and culinary products, exists to support the foundation of the supply chain: the farmers and their families. Our holistic approach is helping farmers learn how to process their coffee more efficiently, prevent water contamination from processing, and better manage their finances — all of which leads to greater stability for families. As part of this work, we’re training young coffee farmers to work as outreach promoters, who receive specialized training in coffee cultivation from a professional agronomist about crop management, how to prevent and treat plant diseases, environmentally friendly farming practices and ways to ensure their families have a sufficient and nutritious diet. They then pass that learning to the 20 to 40 farmers assigned to each promoter, making it an efficient — and cost-effective — way to convey technical information to a large number of coffee producers. In this way, Lutheran World Relief treats farming as family business and protects the next generation of farmers. For Farmer Brothers, investing in these communities by helping farmers to increase their yields and build stronger businesses fortifies and stabilizes its supply chain, and means that its customers will get high-quality, ethically sourced coffee.