We are contributing to greater economic opportunities for indigenous rural women, by establishing new sustainable sourcing partnerships with village processing partners that are located in low income coffee growing areas.
From 2018 the first all-women membered cooperative’s will become Fairtrade, RainForest Alliance and UTZ certified, and establish their own Nursery Programs.
The international certification programs and Nursery Program are designed to lift women’s farming skills and incomes, which will ultimately contribute to a more sustainable future for women, their families and the wider community.
The Sustainable Program
pays for women to form and establish legalized all-women farmer membered cooperatives, to be trained and then certified in global programs including Fairtrade, RainForest Alliance and UTZ Certification.
This will help us to guarantee trade justice, lift farmers capacities and create sustainable development opportunities for our women farmers and their communities.
The Nursery Program
provides new climate resistant coffee seedlings and a variety of trees such as citrus, banana, timber and rubber to our coffee farmers, which serve to both shade the coffee plants and provide a secondary income for Javanese and Balinese women farmers.
This is done in partnership with the Indonesian Coffee and Cocoa Research Institute, monitored by the United Nations FAO.
java mountain coffee® is actively facilitating sustainable coffee collaborations by working with our first two female worker cooperatives.
The first two Sustainable Programs are:
Java Mountain Women’s Coffee Cooperative located in the mountains surrounding Ciwidey and Pangalengan West Java and the Bali Mountain Women’s Coffee Cooperative on Mount Batukaru and the Munduk mountain range in Bali.
Our program is funded by 10% from the sale of farm fresh micro-roast coffee and 2% from the sale of farm fresh green coffee beans. We invite all our partner organizations to visit our Sustainable Program in 2018 to see the positive impact of our work.
Why do we have a nursery program?
Dramatic changes in weather conditions due to climate change coupled with hundreds of years of deforestation have caused significant issues in the farming of coffee. Severe weather has washed away rich soil nutrients and the aging coffee trees yields are reducing due to coffee rust. Coffee trees need shade trees to grow a healthy and sustainable coffee crop, yet in Indonesia, less than 20% of coffee farms have shade due to hundreds of years of deforestation. The nursery program is critical for delivering climate resistant coffee plants and shade trees to build a sustainable coffee industry.
Delivering Real Sustainable Impact
From 2019, all sustainable partners will receive an independent sustainable impact report compiled by an independent specialized sustainable audit company.
The report will detail the funds raised through measured sustainable coffee partnerships and private donations, and update partners of the progress of the Sustainable Program.