Coffee Trade: USA Moves Away From Work Suppliers

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The US Agency for International Development is moving away from work suppliers in the coffee industry, which include some of the largest global corporations. This decision stemmed from criticism of the agency’s support for child labor and dangerous practices. 

The critics of the USAID say that it’s hypocritical that they are encouraging farmers to grow coffee while supporting practices that are harmful to people, animals, and the environment overall.

In a statement the agency said that “As part of its ongoing efforts to use U.S. development assistance efficiently and effectively, USAID is reorienting the approach it uses to provide financial support for coffee value chains in key partner countries”. 

The statement also included information about how they will be replacing current work suppliers with other companies with a better track record of following social and environmental standards.

USAID commented that they are not giving up on the coffee industry, but rather empowering farmers with knowledge about how to succeed in growing their coffee crops. In addition, by partnering with companies who are interested in making positive contributions, awareness about what kind of practices are acceptable will be spread and successful practices will be shared with other farmers. 

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