Started in 2001, the Presbyterian Coffee Project is a collaboration between Equal Exchange and the Presbyterian Church USA's Enough for Everyone Program to involve more Presbyterian communities and individuals in supporting small farmers around the world.
For each pound of fairly traded coffee, chocolate, tea, and foods Presbyterians purchase through the Coffee Project, 15 cents per pound goes to the PCUSA's Small Farmer Fund. That Fund amounted to $14,801.07 in 2014 alone!
Some 2014 Small FarmerFunds went to Semilla Nueva, which supports their work in five communities in Guatemala, creating community-level farmer education programs around new sustainable agriculture and food security. This project trains local leaders in small-scale experimentation with sustainable farming and food security techniques, forming empowered communities who guide their own development and grow themselves out of poverty. Funds also went to La Via Campesina, Asia, which is building an agroecology network in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka that will organize famer-to-farmer trainings in agroecology, promote agroecology as a solution to climate change and as an economically viable method of agriculture, and develop women and youth leaders and producer cooperatives.
The Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) is a ministry of the PC(USA) working with congregations and partners around the globe to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes. Nationally and internationally, they work with partner churches and organizations in more than 100 countries. The work they undertake supports God's vision of a community where all people have sufficient, health and culturally appropriate food.
The Presbyterian Coffee Project offers a special link between congregations and communities to reach out to neighbors overseas not only with the prayers and offerings but with the goods and products that they purchase. PC(USA)’s fair trade practices complement their mission with farmers in Latin America, Africa and Asia as well as to their commitment to stewardship of the natural environment.
As a ministry of the Presbyterian Hunger Program, Enough for Everyone helps Presbyterians practice greater lifestyle integrity through everyday living. Projects include the Presbyterian Coffee Project, Sweat-Free T’s, Eco-Palms, Electric Stewardship, Investing in Hope, the Global Marketplace and Just living.
Equal Exchange is a Fair Trade organization that buys directly from small-scale farmer cooperatives, owned and run by the farmers themselves. Because our farmer partners are paid above market prices for their crops, they are able to make investments in community projects, educational programs, and technical trainings. These cooperative organizations also help keep rural communities healthy and strong, and keep local cultures vibrant. Equal Exchange is also committed to supporting sustainable farming methods that help green the earth through reforestation, natural resource conservation and organic practices.
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