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  1. A very special female brand of Brazilian organic Fairtrade coffee

    16 January 2018 at 17:57 - by Monica Middleton - 0 comments

    What does an organic Fairtrade specialty coffee and social impact investing have to do with empowering some of the poorest women in the world?

    In rural Minas Gerais, Brazil’s biggest coffee-growing state, women used to support their husbands on small family farms but had little involvement or say in the business or farming decisions. This changed forever in 2006, when Oikocredit investee partner, Coopfam (Cooperativa dos Agricultores Familiares de Poço Fundo e Região) - a smallholder coffee co-operative, started to focus on empowering women to play an equal role in producing the Arabica coffee that had been a part of their lives for decades.

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  2. Investment in smallholder farmers is key to feeding the world AND reducing poverty

    13 November 2017 at 17:59 - by Eugene Ellmen - 0 comments

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    According to UN estimates, the world population is expected to grow from about seven billion currently to more than nine billion by 2050. This means that farmers around the world are going to have to produce a lot more food, while limiting their impact on land, water and the global climate.

    Oikocredit Agricultural Partner, Union communale des Producteurs d'Ananas d'Alladal, Benin, Africa (UPCA-A) Photograph: Nicolas Villaume

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