The DE Foundation works towards a “healthy coffee sector” in which:
Why does the sector need "Professional and proud farmers connected to sustainable markets"?
Farmers: Small-scale farmers produce the majority of globally available coffee. they are least equipped to deal with the sustainability challenges that the coffee sector faces and that may negatively affect coffee supply.
Professional: Professional farmers adept their way of working to developments in their surroundings and are well positioned to capitise on opportunities.
Proud: Proud farmers are aware of what they have achieved and are committed to invest in the future of their farms and their families.
Connected: To be succesful and sustain their businesses, farmers need to work in close connection to their community and their business partners.
Sustainable markets: Sustainable markets are markets where quality and sustainability are recognised and rewarded.
The DE Foundation sees “professional and proud farmers connected to sustainable markets” as the basis for a “healthy coffee sector”.
We initiate and implement projects together with small-scale coffee farmers, traders, governments and NGOs in a wide range of coffee origins. Core activities in our projects are: