Food 4 Farmers among 11 organizations to receive $1 million in grants to support climate-smart initiatives in the developing world and US advocacy
Food 4 Farmers has received a $50,000 grant from Rick Steves’ Europe, one of America’s leading European travel and guidebook companies. The grant will support Food 4 Farmers’ work with coffee-farming families to address food insecurity in Latin America’s rural communities by transforming small-scale coffee farms into diversified, environmentally sustainable agricultural hubs.
“We’re happy to receive this generous support for our work with coffee-farming families,” said Janice Nadworny, co-director of Food 4 Farmers. “The increasing impacts of climate change, coupled with rising food costs and devastatingly low coffee prices, make food security a more critical need than ever.”
Food 4 Farmers partners with coffee cooperatives representing 8,000 coffee-farming families to reimagine how they interact with food and secure their futures. On average, families in Food 4 Farmers’ partner communities in Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, and Nicaragua experience 3 to 5 months of food insecurity, year after year. The organization’s goal is to help families throughout Latin America disrupt the global food system and create thriving local food hubs, using climate-smart agriculture.
Food 4 Farmers is among 11 nonprofits selected to receive grants as part of Rick Steves’ $1 million Climate Smart Commitment. The yearly investment will go directly to two kinds of organizations: groups advocating in Congress for US policies to fight climate change, and nonprofit organizations who are helping farming communities in the developing world mitigate their contribution to climate change by employing climate-smart agriculture and forestry techniques.
“The beneficiaries we’ve selected are working to help farmers in the developing world rise out of poverty while contributing less to climate change,” says Steves.