How USAID Works to Make the Coffee Supply Chain Sustainable

The U.S. coffee industry is responsible for nearly 1.7 million American jobs and $225 billion worth of our country’s Gross Domestic Product, yet we grow no coffee in the continental United States. Our geography won't allow it. Through the Feed the Future initiative, USAID works closely with U.S. coffee companies to ensure a steady supply of quality coffee by assisting many of the world’s at-risk coffee producers. USAID’s work on coffee spans three continents, 19 countries, and includes U.S. companies such as J.M. Smucker, Keurig Green Mountain, and Starbucks, and American institutions like Root Capital, Texas A&M University, and World Coffee Research.

Together, we are combatting threats from pests such as the antestia beetle outbreak in Rwanda and diseases that endanger global coffee crops such as coffee leaf rust. We’re connecting farmers to regional and international traders, so they can access global markets and supply chains. But access is not enough, which is why we also help small-scale farmers boost productivity, improve quality control, and certify their plantations so they can meet international standards and compete in global markets.

This is a win-win: Coffee is not only a popular beverage consumed by one-third of the world’s population; it is also a critical source of income for some 25 million small-scale farmers in developing countries. By investing in efforts that help smallholder coffee producers in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Asia boost their productivity and incomes, we are transforming lives and supporting thousands of U.S. jobs in the process.

Friday, April 14, 2017 - 8:15am

Last updated: October 02, 2018