For example, CQI has used unrestricted support to award scholarships to producers to attend online processing education, to enable access to post-harvest processing techniques for women producers in Jamaica, and most recently through the LOT program, to provide direct education to six different coffee producing communities.
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“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. “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
During the pandemic CQI pioneered and brought online training to our community. We were able to offer spaces in the new Introduction to Post-Harvest Processing to producers around the world at no charge.Read one producer's experience