SANTA FE, US – Coffee Kids and the World Coffee Leaders Forum (WCLF) formed a strategic partnership to strengthen direct support for coffee-growing communities in 2013, helping them on their path to self-reliance. Coffee Kids is a WCLF event partner this year and also receives 1% of each forum registration fee.
“We are delighted to partner with an organization whose mission includes the direct support of coffee-farming communities through the proceeds of forum registrations,” said Carolyn Fairman, executive director of Coffee Kids.
Participants in the second-annual World Coffee Leaders Forum (WCLF) – held concurrently with the annual Seoul International Café Show in Korea – gathered last week to work toward the WCLF’s mission of determining sustainable development methods within the global coffee industry.
With the participation of all members of the coffee industry, the forum explored key issues, trends and strategies around the expanding industry in Asia and within the global coffee market. The World Coffee Youth Leadership Forum is a supplemental program that matches mentors with youth to prepare them to become key players in the coffee world.
Coffee Kids works with organizations in coffee-farming communities throughout Latin America to create projects in the areas of education, health care, economic diversification, food security and capacity building. These efforts allow coffee farmers to reduce their dependence on the volatile coffee market and confront their communities’ most pressing needs.
The projects we support can be categorized into five program areas:
- Health Care
- Economic diversification
- Food security
- Capacity building