Thanks to your investment and belief in the young farmers of the Coffee Kids program, we have expanded to offer this program to nearly 550 young farmers since 2015. In that same time, over 140 new businesses have been developed and implemented by these young agripreneurs. For more specific stories, please see the 2018 Coffee Kids Year-End Report Leaders, Makers, Builders.

In 2019, we will continue to leverage the global resources of Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS) to support young people and address the myriad of challenges faced by the next generation of farmers.

  • With our six youth groups in Tanzania we are planning to address gender in an intentional way, recognizing that youth and young couples are most flexible to break existing stereotypes and teach their children new ways of interaction and co-existence. The Coffee Kids program will use proven methods from HRNS activities with families in Southern Tanzania.
  • In Central America the Coffee Kids program will be expanding to Huehuetenango, Guatemala, building on the success of our work in Trifinio (Tri-border region between Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador). In Huehuetenango, Coffee Kids will be empowering young women and men with entrepreneurial training, as well as experience in climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies to ensure our youngest farmers are exposed to latest technology and techniques.
  • In Colombia, we are bringing additional youth members into our existing three youth groups to strengthen the organization of each youth committee, ensure youth are represented in each local producer association, and reinforce the cycles of savings and loans to ensure more youth have access to these opportunities.

In my new role starting this year, I will be representing not only Coffee Kids to our partners worldwide, but will also act as our representative for HRNS in North America. I will continue to work with amazing folks (like you!) across the coffee sector to share innovative ways we can work together to protect and empower #thefutureofcoffee.

Sincerely,

Joanna

Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung North America

Joanna Furgiuele