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Temu Kopi

Temu Kopi 2017

Temu Kopi 2017 is a two-day forum that will bring together representatives from across the Indonesian coffee value chain for informative presentations, panel discussions and simulations exploring the sector’s successes, challenges, and opportunities. This fifth annual Temu Kopi Indonesian coffee forum is sponsored by Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and Fairtrade International (FT). The forum presents […]

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Introducing LWR Farmers Market Coffee

Through your generous gifts to Lutheran World Relief, you support coffee farmers around the world by helping them improve their coffee crops, business skills, and quality of life. And now there’s another way to directly connect with coffee farmers through Lutheran World Relief. We’re excited to launch LWR Farmers Market Coffee — a line of coffee [...]Read More...

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LWR Farmers Market: Meet Abelino

Before Abelino got up to speak to us about his coffee, he made the sign of the cross on himself. What he was about to share was sacred to him. "Coffee is a noble crop," he told our staff. "Because it is in high demand and it is difficult to raise." Indeed, growing coffee has not been easy for Abelino, or any of the other farmers in his cooperative, SOPPEXCCA, in Nicaragua. But that's been changing, thanks to people like you [...]Read More...

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LWR Farmers Market: Meet José

In the 1970s, war in Nicaragua forced his family to leave their hometown and move to San Isabel.  He and his wife have 10 children -- five sons and five daughters. By the 1980s, José had begun growing a small amount of coffee as a part of a cooperative that he compares to the army, because he was told what to do on his farm and wasn't allowed to manage himself. In 1986, through land reforms, José received a parcel of land of about 7 hectares (about 17 acres), and immediately gave a small piece of land to each of his children and they, too, began to grow coffee. [...]Read More...

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LWR Farmers Market Coffee: Meet Gustavo

LWR Farmers Market Coffee is a new line of coffee sourced directly from farmers participating in Lutheran World Relief projects. Every delicious cup helps transform poor communities that depend on their coffee crop to feed their families. Farmers are given a stable, predictable, and higher price upfront for their beans. With LWR Farmers Market Coffee, [...]Read More...

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Keeping Coffee Farming in the Family

Across the developing world, coffee farmers face a dilemma: they’re growing older – the average age of the coffee farmer is over 60 years old – but their children have no interest in taking their place. The younger generation tends to migrate to cities, where they’ll have a better chance at making a living. For [...]Read More...

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The Wotea family sits in front of their house in Uganda. (Jake Lyell/Lutheran World Relief)

Visit the Wotea’s fruitful family coffee farm

GODFREY WOTEA farms on a small plot of land on Mt. Elgon in Uganda that was left to him by his father. His family has grown coffee for generations, but their farming methods and lack of resources meant they didn’t grow much, and what they did grow wasn’t high enough quality to earn a good [...]Read More...

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Giving Thanks, In Spite Of It All

Poverty. Protests. Refugees. Earthquakes, typhoons and hurricanes. Terror. ISIS. Sometimes it can feel like too much. I recently gave a talk to a group of adults at my church. I talked about how Lutheran World Relief is providing support for refugees from Syria and South Sudan. And I talked about our work to get people [...]Read More...

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Preserving the Environmental Legacy of Colombian Coffee Growers

Coffee grower Oscar Morales Ospina proudly cultivates his crop on a five-acre farm left in his care a decade ago by his late father. The beans he grows near the town of Marulanda in central Colombia support his family and provide someone somewhere with a satisfying morning cup of joe. “I was born on the [...]Read More...

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Lindor Wisly

Haitian Coffee Farmers Diversify for Better Food Security, Quality of Life

PICTURE IT: two boys standing on the patchy front lawn on the small coffee farm of Lindor Wisly, in Dondon, northeast Haiti. One is Mr. Wisly’s son and is tall, what you might call a bean pole. He looks healthy and exuberant, and has an infectious smile. The other child is smaller, more reserved. He keeps a straight face and shies away [...]Read More...

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