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Youth Engagement in Agriculture

Engaging young people in agriculture has become an increasingly important issue on the international development agenda. Young people possess the technical skills and entrepreneurial spirits critical to the agricultural sector’s future. Unfortunately, most do not see agriculture as a viable livelihood and many leave rural communities in search of greater opportunities. According to the UN, …

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Meeting the Team – my first week at CPF

The CPF Board Walking into a board meeting during your first week in a job can be a daunting prospect, with visions of the frantic shuffling of papers in search of the section under discussion and getting lost in new acronyms and foreign terms. However, entering the Cafdirect Producers Foundation (CPF) meeting it is immediately …

Peruvian coffee farmer and Jean Baptiste, CPF's Latin America Programme Coordinator  during preliminary consultation meetings in August 2014.

Big Lottery Fund awards Cafdirect Producers’ Foundation 450,119

We are excited to share that the Big Lottery Fund awarded Cafdirect Producers Foundation 450,119 to improve livelihoods for smallholder coffee farmers in Peru. This funding will support the launch of INSPIRE – Innovation by Smallholders to enhance Productivity, Incomes, Resources and Enterprise. Our4-year programme builds on successful investment since 2009 and will reach 7,875 …

Food does grow on trees

As discussed in the previous blogposts from Uganda, helping coffee farmers does not always involve to help them grow coffee. Sounds absurd, especially because coffee, tea and cocoa is what we do. But CPF doesn’t work in ways that might be expected of an NGO. As the name entails, The Cafedirect Producers foundation is run …

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‘Rooted in Quality’ In Santo Domingo

Making development projects truly participatory and bottom-up can be tough, but is a fundamental part of CPFs innovative, producer led model. Our Rooted in Quality project is taking on this challenge by driving smallholder producer led on-farm coffee quality improvements in Hispaniola. The project uses a Risk and Opportunities Analysis, or ROA, process first pioneered …