National Coffee Association Names TechnoServe the "Origin Charity of the Year"
The award recognizes TechnoServe's work supporting the livelihoods of smallholder coffee farmers around the globe
TechnoServe specializes in business approaches to reducing poverty worldwide, with coffee programs in more than a dozen countries across Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Its coffee work focuses on four key drivers of impact for smallholder farmers, creating greater value for exporters, roasters, and other industry players across the supply chain:
Better Farming: TechnoServe has trained more than 400,000 coffee farmers on sustainable agronomy practices, helping them to increase their productivity and income.
Better Business: TechnoServe has helped farmers construct 266 new coffee-processing businesses and advised 177 existing processing businesses. This support has helped improve coffee quality and market access, increasing the incomes of 500,000 farmers globally.
Better Supply Chains: TechnoServe has worked with partners across the coffee ecosystem to develop practical and sustainable solutions to supply-chain issues, including access to finance and improved transparency.
"TechnoServe is honored to receive the National Coffee Association's Origin Charity of the Year Award. Our organization was founded more than 50 years ago with the idea that when women and men in developing countries have access to information, capital, and markets, they can create prosperity for themselves and their communities,"
"The coffee industry depends on a strong partnership with farmers," William 'Bill' Murray, NCA president and CEO, said in a press release. "TechnoServe is a shining example of how coffee companies, development experts, and the farmers themselves are working together to fight poverty, build capacity, and strengthen coffee-growing communities."
TechnoServe will receive the award on March 6th at the National Coffee Association's annual convention in Austin, Texas.
TechnoServe (http://www.technoserve.org) is a leader in harnessing the power of the private sector to help people lift themselves out of poverty. Founded over 50 years ago, TechnoServe has been named the #1 nonprofit for fighting poverty by the ImpactMatters charity ratings agency.