ISSP [2013] : Promoting Sustainable Coffee Farming Empowering Small-Scale Coffee Farmers in Northern Thailand

Small-scale coffee farmers across Northern Thailand lack access to resources critical to coffee production and marketing. Absence of these resources results in less sustainable, lower quality lives for farmers and their communities. The goal of this project was to develop an approach to assist small-scale coffee farmers with overcoming barriers to a sustainable way of life by providing them with informational resources. In collaboration with the Raks Thai Foundation, the team designed and tested an approach to identify barriers to successful coffee production and developed methods for overcoming them in rural villages across Northern Thailand. We applied this approach in the village of Aayae. The results of the project included specific resources tailored to farmers in the village to obtain and organize coffee production information. Finally, the team provided recommendations to Raks Thai Foundation for the continued use of our approach.