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 $13,496.75 in 2015 alone!
Some recent Small Farmer Funds went towards these projects:
Actions pour l'Environnement et le Développement Durable (ACED) — Benin
Valuing water hyacinth through composting
PHP Grant: $5,500 From Small Farmer Funds: $5,500
Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) is an invasive plant which has negative effects on aquatic biodiversity, transport, and global warming. Water hyacinth is a major environmental problem for lake populations which blocks their socioeconomic activities. For example, it prevents women with agricultural products to access markets. Face to this situation, ACED co-developed with farmers a project of water hyacinth composting and its utilization in farms with the support of the FGEF. This resulted to an enhancement of food production with a positive effect on health improvement based of the biological process that is used to produce foods. Thus, this project will work with women in a participatory way to enhance food production, improve population health and increase women incomes.
Big Medicine Charitable Trust (BMCT) — India
PHP Grant: $5,000 From Small Farmer Funds: $5,000
In recent decades the Green Revolution agricultural paradigm has devastated soil fertility, polluted waters, spawned vast rural cancer clusters, and caused hundreds of thousands of farmer suicides in northern and southern India.
We're attempting to kickstart a small counterrevolution in Rajasthan by creating: a) an easily replicable model of a collectively certified organic farming village; b) the region's first women-farmer-run production company & heritage seed saving center; c) fair trade marketing channels; and d) a year-long media campaign to enhance urban organic awareness and market demand.
Our project aims to boost participants' incomes 15-20%; increase their entrepreneurial skills & confidence; and protect their health, water quality and bio-diverse ecology as well as mainstreaming organic produce in neighboring urban communities.
Community Initiative for Sustainable Environment and Gender Development (CISEGD) — Cameroon
Tree Yam project to improve on soil conservation and increase Yam production for rural women of Batibo Cameroon
PHP Grant: $6,000 From Small Farmer Funds: $4,500
The project will train and empower 500 rural women with basic skills and techniques in Agroforestry, Yam cultivation, Poultry and Organic fertilizer production. A total of 1000 birds will be donated to 10 women groups and 25000 nitrogen fixing trees will be nursed and planted on 2.5 hectares of yam farms to act as stakes, increase soil fertility and return biodiversity as well as mitigate climate change.
Rural women farmers in Batibo are the main beneficiaries. The project need is to fight hunger by promoting integrated and ecological farming practices that improves soil conservation, increase yam production by 85% and improve livelihood for 500 direct women beneficiaries within a project period of 12 months. The project will provide sustainable solutions to the threat of food insecurity, malnutrition, rapid degradation of agricultural and forest landscapes, declining yams yields, extreme poverty and climate change that have plagued these communities over the years.
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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