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Investing in Farming Communities

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The health and stability of coffee communities impacts farmers and their ability to both be productive and raise sustainable crops. Our origin community grants – funded in-part by sales of our Ethos® Water brand – are designed to support critical infrastructure improvements and agricultural diversification projects.

Water Access and Sanitation, Hygiene

Starbucks is committed to supporting local needs in water-stressed coffee-growing communities, and to supporting continuation of integrated water and sanitation programs and efforts to address seasonal hunger.

We’re working with Heifer International in Tanzania to help small-holder coffee farmers by introducing dairy cattle, and improving access to clean water, sanitation facilities and renewable energy. The 5-year, $750,000 grant awarded in 2014 aims to improve the livelihoods of 5,000 farming families.

Public-Private Partnership in Colombia

In August 2013 Starbucks forged a first-of-its-kind relationship with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for a program to expand support and improve coffee yields and the livelihoods of 25,000 farmers throughout some of Colombia’s most remote and conflict-impacted farming regions. USAID and Starbucks will each contribute $1.5 million over three years to provide technical support, technology and market opportunities to small-scale coffee farmers in Colombia’s rural regions of Antioquia, Tolima, Huila, and Cauca.

Starbucks scale and willingness to collaborate and innovate with others, like USAID, will help speed meaningful results to farming communities.

Margaret Spears, Director of the Partnerships Office at USAID's Food Security Bureau

Ethos Water Fund

Starbucks supports water, sanitation and hygiene education programs through the Starbucks Foundation’s Ethos Water Fund. For each bottle of Ethos® water purchased, a contribution of $.05US ($.10CN in Canada) is made to the fund. Since 2005 $12.3 million has been granted through the Ethos Water Fund, benefitting more than 500,000 people around the world.

Indonesia’s BLEND Project – Better Living Education, Nutrition and Development

In Indonesia’s Aceh province, Starbucks teamed with Save the Children from 2009 – 2014 to improve children’s health and education in coffee-growing communities through BLEND (Better Living, Education, Nutrition and Development). Starbucks contributed $2.1 million to the project and helped improve the lives of children and their families from more than 40 communities in the Bener Meriah district.

Education in Guatemala

From 2005 to 2014, Starbucks contributed over $2.6 million toward the Guatemala Education Initiative, an effort with Save the Children to bring education programs to children living in remote coffee-producing villages in that country. Starbucks also focused on Guatemala’s Huehuetenango region in 2011 through a three-year, $1 million project that improved the overall quality of preschool and primary education for children in 20 communities.

CHAI – Community Health and Advancement Initiative

In tea-growing regions of India and cardamom-farming communities in Guatemala, Starbucks has helped support health and economic development programs for more than a decade through the Community Health and Advancement Initiative (CHAI) project, a partnership with Mercy Corps. Starting in 2011, Starbucks contributed $750,000 toward a three-year project with our tea and cardamom suppliers to improve access to clean water, empower young people to succeed in school and become leaders in their communities, and help people learn the skills to get a job or start a business.

“Over the course of a decade, Starbucks and Mercy Corps have transformed the lives of more than 80,000 men, women and children. Starbucks has shown its leadership by investing in the health and economic vitality of communities, whether it’s joining Mercy Corps to engage directly with tea estates in Darjeeling and Assam, or helping to lead industry-level collaborative efforts such as the Coffeelands Food Security Coalition.”

Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO of Mercy Corps

Building Better Futures

Building Better Futures

Starbucks and the Starbucks Foundation are proud to work with the following non-profit organizations to positively impact farming communities around the world: