CQI has used donations to our Global Fund to fund scholarships for producers to attend online processing education. Also, funds have been used to provide access to post-harvest processing best practices to women producers in Jamaica, and also through the LOT program, which paired six producer- roaster groups to learn together about the coffee science and best practices that impact quality coffee production.
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In an effort to better support the coffee communities we serve, CQI established the CQI Global Fund in 2022. The Global Fund provides a way for the coffee industry to support activities that incorporate CQI’s education classes and courses, technical support and assistance, and global network of experts to advance initiatives that empower coffee communities that may not have access to educational opportunities either through the private sector or through other donor-funded programs.Learn more about the Global Fund
“This was the first step in a holistic plan we call ‘Higher Ground,’” said JAWiC President and Co-founder, Andrea Johnson. “Getting our members access to training is something we can do now during the pandemic, thanks to technology.”Read the full story
“CQI is focused on increasing our impact,” said Tina Yerkes PhD, CEO of the Coffee Quality Institute at the time of the program's inception. “The work we have done at origin has been through relationships with other entities, and that has been a good model, and we see opportunities to expand our reach with an additional, and slightly different approach. The LOT program, Learning Online Together, is an opportunity for us to identify coffee growing communities and offer training directly to them on their schedule at no cost – because we are a nonprofit, we want to give back in ways that we can.”Read about LOT