Comprehensive Remote Training Program
Farmers without internet access will participate in the Integrated Remote Training Program implemented through SMS text messages, radio and television programs, phone calls and personal visits from our trainers.
MOCCA and our partners support an equitable and sustainable “new normal” in the coffee sector. In collaboration with Specialty Coffee Transaction Guide, Catholic Relief Services, and Rainforest Alliance, we funded research on the effects of COVID-19 on specialty coffee markets and the lives of farmers.
Smallholder farmers faced significant challenges in selling their crops in the early months of the pandemic. Their incomes were affected by travel restrictions, supply disruptions, and rising supply and food prices. While the situation improved towards the end of the year, nearly half of those who tried to sell their crops in November still reported problems. TechnoServe, leader of the MOCCA consortium, applied hundreds of surveys in 11 countries, which narrate the resilience of thousands of farmers and the challenges that still remain.
“Developing remote training involves prioritizing best practices presented through traditional group face-to-face training and combining technology with TechnoServe's accelerated adult learning methods. Through this method, our training teams have been able to continue interacting in a safe manner with more than 20,000 farmers with access to smartphones and internet in five countries”.