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.