The US government, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), has recently announced the launch of the Indonesia Coffee Enterprise Resilience Initiative (Resilient Coffee) to support coffee farmers in Indonesia.
The Resilient Coffee Initiative is a new partnership with US beverage company Keurig Dr Pepper and Root Capital and a US non-governmental organization (NGO) to provide credit to rural agricultural enterprises. Coffee farming communities in Indonesia face overlapping crises as market volatility, climate change, and gender inequity pose critical challenges to rural communities and agricultural enterprises.
Resilient Coffee will support 14 coffee enterprises across Aceh, East Java and North Sumatra, reaching 14 thousand smallholder farmers, as it promotes sustainable growth that balances economic needs with environmental sustainability.
USAID Indonesia Mission Director Jeff Cohen said, “A lack of business management skills and access to credit impedes coffee enterprises from harnessing farmers’ full potential for growth.”
The program will work with businesses to provide better access to finance for the farmers, and strengthen gender equity (empowering women) and social inclusion practices while implementing new digital solutions to improve the management and resilience of coffee enterprises.
Finally, the partners will strengthen climate action in the coffee industry, with focus on mitigating climate change, protecting vulnerable ecosystems, and supporting rural communities to adapt to climate impacts.
With the successful implementation of this program, Indonesian coffee will eventually gain recognition as sustainable, eco-friendly and a product that empowers women.