By Janice Nadworny
Source: SCA News
When Food 4 Farmers started working with coffee farming communities in 2011, the reason was clear: coffee income alone was simply not enough to put food on the table year round for most farming families. This income gap was laid bare when, in 2012, coffee leaf rust started making its way through Central America and Mexico, and farmers lost as much as 80% of their harvest. More farmers left their farms in search of work, to earn enough to keep their families fed and their children in school. They realized they lacked a long-term strategy to deliver reliable supplemental income closer to home, and better prepare them to weather future crises.