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Specialty Coffee Changes Farmers’ Lives

Today is World Population Day and we are reminding you that you contribute to a better life for many farmers’ lives who live in poor regions.

Today is World Population Day. What does coffee have to do with it? 500 million people worldwide work in coffee industry. In 2017, for example, the sector had a retail market value of USD 83 billion. It provided jobs for 125 million people. There are 12.5 million coffee farms around the world. 67–80 percent of them are smallholder farms primarily located in developing
countries. There are farmers who manage to improve the quality of their production. As a result, they get a fair price for their work ando improve the quality of their lives.

What does World Population Day stand for?

World Population Day seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues. It was established by the then-Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989, an outgrowth of the interest generated by the Day of Five Billion, which was observed on 11 July 1987.

Current estimates indicate that the world’s population grows roughly with 83 million people every year. Even assuming that fertility levels will continue to decline, the global population is expected to reach 8.6 billion in 2030.

This year’s World Population Day calls for global attention to the unfinished business of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development. During that conference in Cairo, 179 governments recognized that reproductive health and gender equality are essential for achieving sustainable development.

In November, UNFPA, together with the governments of Kenya and Denmark, will be convening a high-level conference in Nairobi. There, representatives will search for ways to achieve these unmet goals. That is why today, we from DABOV Specialty Coffee are also reflecting how to contribute to gender equality around the world.

The cause to it all is gender inequality

In 1994, a Programme of Action was outlined. It called for all people to have access to comprehensive reproductive health care. It stated also voluntary family planning, safe pregnancy and childbirth services, and the prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections.

“The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the world’s blueprint for a better future for all on a healthy planet. On World Population Day, we recognize that this mission is closely interrelated with demographic trends including population growth, ageing, migration and urbanization.“

UN Secretary-General António Guterres
Ethiopian farmers with Jordan Dabov.

It also recognized that reproductive health and women’s empowerment are intertwined. Both are necessary for the advancement of society.

Voluntary access to modern contraception has increased by 25 per cent since 1994. The quality of family planning services has also greatly improved. Preventable maternal deaths have declined by 40 per cent. The target though, is to reduce maternal deaths to fewer than 75 per 100,00 live births. Harmful practices like female genital mutilation (FGM) fell from 49 per cent to 31 per cent. The number of child marriages also continues to decrease.

Urbanization is a current trend and by 2050, 68% of the population will most probably live in cities. Many of the world’s least developed countries face challenges on their path to sustainable development. The reasons for these include rapid population growth and vulnerability to climate change.

Coffee is our bread

As they say in Ethiopia, coffee is our bread. Some participants in the first Cup of Excellence Ethiopia have numerous children. Seli Gelgelu Bare who produced coffee №28, has 14 children. However, 60 year-old Adem Baneta Sulte, whose coffee reached №22 position, is a record-breaking father. He has 27 children!

Ethiopian proverb is also valid for many other communities around the globe. It rings true even in countries that are not famous for coffee production.

We have already presented to you Naandi Foundation and its specialty coffee project in Araku Valley in South India. Soon you will be able to taste the 4 first places of the Gems of Araku competition. We bought them earlier this year. Naandi Foundation makes sure the children are in school and not in the field.

Naandi focuses on the education of girls. Because it will give them a different start in life and a better chance to make informed choices. Naandi takes care of farmers and pays special attention to the more vulnerable of them, women. They distribute the income from the coffee sale on each farm equally between women and men in the family.

By purchasing specialty coffee, you contribute to the sustainable development of several regions from which we buy our coffee. These are Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Colombia. Countries where huge sections of the population live in misery and poverty. For those people every penny means a lot.

By supporting our transparency and fair trade policy, you are helping our farmer partners to contribute to the development of their coffee growing regions.

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