Among the current January/February issue of Roast magazine is a feature by regular DCN contributor Michael Sheridan titled “Farmworkers in the Coffeelands: Improving Conditions for the Industry’s Most Vulnerable Players”.
The article argues that more proactive engagement with farm labor issues in coffee can be good for business, improve compliance, mitigate brand risk and expand the coffee’s promise of social impact.
It draws on insights from lots of folks who are familiar to industry: Allegro’s Director of Sourcing Darrin Daniel, Union Hand-Roasted co-owner Steven Macatonia, SCAA luminaries Kim Elena Ionescu and Peter Giuliano, Fair Trade USA’s Ben Corey-Moran, Rainforest Alliance’s Alex Morgan and Utz Certified’s Miguel Zamora.
It also brings in valuable new perspectives from experts in agricultural supply chains and farm labor: Stephanie Daniels of Sustainable Food Lab, Erik Nicholson of United Farm Workers and Quinn Kepes of Verité.
Download a low-resolution pdf of the story, or update your Roast subscription here.
The print feature includes some stunning photography work by Oscar Leiva on behalf of CRS, who captured images at the La Revancha estate in Nicaragua. Here we present 11 photos that weren’t included in the print version, but deserve an audience nonetheless.