ALDI extends its coffee smallholder Fairtrade project in Honduras
Since 2016, the ALDI SOUTH Group has funded a Fairtrade project to support coffee cooperatives in Honduras. It has been extended for an additional three years, ensuring that the 2,100 coffee smallholders continue to receive additional support. The project activities have been developed to enhance income diversification and make coffee farming more sustainable. These are expected to positively impact over 12,000 direct and indirect participants.
For Honduras, coffee is the most important export product with over 100,000 families growing coffee and over one million people employed by the sector during the harvest season. The activities of the 16 farmer cooperatives will focus on strengthening organisational capacities, improving ecological practices, increasing coffee quality and improving the situation of women, youth and indigenous groups. Women and young farmers are empowered by actively involving them in the organisational processes of the cooperatives. The project will also pilot additional measures on the elimination of child labour and the closing of the living income gap and strengthen the direct business relationship between the ALDI SOUTH Group and smallholder coffee farmers organisations.
The coffee farmers receive training in farm management, human rights, climate change smart agriculture, coffee quality and good agricultural practices. Following the COVID19 pandemic, the project’s measures also incorporate a contribution to food security of producer families through agricultural diversification.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the ALDI SOUTH Group for the support they have given to the women of our organization APROLMA and other beneficiary organizations! The project has been and continues to be very important for the development of our organizations in terms of administrative and organizational aspects as well as ecological production and the strengthening of our members, their families and communities. It is a dream for us, to continue working on the sustainable development of processes related to coffee production!
Gladix Jubentina Hernández Aguilar, Member of Women’s Cooperative APROLMA
Barrio Nuevo, Chinacla, La Paz, Honduras
By strengthening the cooperatives, we are able to source more from the project cooperatives directly and we are able to offer our customers Fairtrade coffee products that directly support the farmers growing the coffee. We are proud to continue supporting this project and generating impact on the ground for the coffee supply chain in Honduras.