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Fact Sheets: Empowering Lintong Coffee Farmers


Many Sumatran farmers believe that producing coffee will not earn them enough income to survive and consider it a crop of “last resort.” Most do not wish for their children to follow in their footsteps, laboring to produce coffee for a market that is often unfair to individual farmers.

Lutheran World Relief (LWR), in partnership with the Orangutan Information Center, is working with smallholder coffee farmers in Lintong, North Sumatra, Indonesia to improve the profitability and sustainability of their livelihoods so that coffee is no longer their last resort. Through engagement with the private sector, this project is designed to improve the farmers’ coffee quality, market access and price negotiation skills.

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