Benguet’s coffee industry heads towards sustainability
To help coffee growers of Benguet have a sustainable industry, the Foundation for Sustainable Coffee Excellence (FSCE) and Henry & Sons, in partnership with the local government of La Trinidad, conducted the Kape Kabuhayan Kinabukasan Summit 2018.
In total, 280 individuals from all walks of Benguet’s coffee farming trade and neighboring coffee farming communities attended the summit.
FSCE Director Emil Cuaresma shared that the foundation, as well as the platforms and programs under it, serve as avenues for establishing shared prosperity amongst the local coffee growers of Benguet.
Emil stressed the importance of a multi-sectoral approach where every stakeholder within the coffee value chain must do their part in maintaining the quality production of Arabica coffee.
From coffee growers practicing what they learn, to state universities continuing their research, and to government and private agencies giving their full support.
During the summit, Cuaresma also gave audiences a peek at the foundation’s 2018 calendar filled with programs lined up each month to help reach the goal of a more sustainable coffee farming landscape.
Under it are the programs that stand for the coffee under the Bloom Coffee range, all crafted with the intent of having proceeds sent to initiatives that make coffee farmers’ lives easier.
This includes The Giving Well (clean and potable water), Cup to Seed (livelihood programs in-between harvests and post-harvest facilities), Coffee for Great Minds (educational assistance for the farmer’s children), Beans for the Little Ones (vaccines for improving their children’s health and mosquito nets), and Beans within Reach (connectivity and traceability).