In total, Starbucks has invested more than $70 million in collaborative farmer programs and activities over the past 40 years, which include C.A.F.E. practices, farmer support centers, farmer loans and forest carbon projects. All of these integrated programs directly support improving farmer livelihoods and a long-term supply of high-quality coffee for the industry. This new facility will build on and globally scale the work currently happening at five farmer support centers worldwide in Rwanda, Tanzania, Colombia, China – as well as Starbucks first farmer support center which opened in San Jose, Costa Rica in 2004.Starbucks farmer support centers are home to agronomists and quality experts working directly with farmers to provide support in growing high-quality arabica coffee. By providing farmers with expertise and training in soil management, field-crop production and milling processes, these practices can improve the quality and size of the harvest. The varied elevation of the farm will allow the agronomists to test responsible growing practices while ensuring robust biological diversity. The research discoveries and best practices from this work will inform growing principles for farmers around the world.
Starbucks Is Expanding The Company's $70 Million Comprehensive Ethical Sourcing Program With A New Farming Research And Development Center In Costa Rica. (Photo: Business Wire)
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