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US – Singing Rooster launches new partnership with CRS to bring Haitian coffee farmers closer to markets

MADISON, WI – Singing Rooster, a nonprofit and established social enterprise based in Madison Wisconsin, is launching a new partnership with Catholic Relief Services centers on assisting coffee farming communities in the Beaumont region of Haiti — a once thriving coffee sector now fallen into disrepair.

Along with assisting farmers in pre-harvest financing and re-generating old fields with coffee seedlings and crop management, farmers receive training in quality harvesting and coffee processing techniques.

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Importantly, Singing Rooster is opening up market access to farmers by aggressively marketing roasted coffee to U.S. consumers. “Haiti was the world’s 3rd largest supplier of coffee in 1950; now, nobody knows that Haiti produces world-class coffee. We’re changing that,” said co-founder of Singing Rooster, Christophe Nicaise.

Singing Rooster’s project with CRS will last for three years and conclude with an impact assessment to measure success on coffee farmer household income.

About Singing Rooster

Singing Rooster is a certified 501 (c)3 nonprofit and established social enterprise that offers a direct buyer relationship & on-the ground assistance to coffee farming communities in Haiti for the sake of self-sustainability, dignity & economic autonomy.

Its aim is to alleviate rural poverty in Haiti with economic development through coffee agriculture. Singing Rooster partners with farmer-owned coffee cooperatives to provide farmers direct access to markets.

By helping farmers to improve crops, paying premium prices for those crops and then transforming and marketing those crops on behalf of farmers, the neterprise has created a farmer-to-table model for rural communities. 100% of proceeds of coffee sales are returned back to farmers and their communities for continued economic development and to provide partial funding for our interrelated support.

About Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States.

It is the official overseas relief and development agency of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and a member of Caritas International and the National Catholic Development Conference.