Climate Change Mitigation Fund
At Café Mam, we take a holistic approach to climate change that involves supporting better stewardship of the land by sourcing only organic coffee; supporting living wages for the farmers; paying above fair trade prices; and an ongoing effort to conduct our business in ways that are more ecologically minded, and sustainably viable for the earth and the people on it.
To that end, in 2019, Café Mam implemented a Climate Change Mitigation Fund for our farming partners in Chiapas, Mexico. The fund is a self-imposed premium of $.10 per pound of coffee. We pay this premium on top of the negotiated price per pound, for all the coffee we buy. It is then used by the co-ops we work with, as they see fit, in combating the effects of climate change specific to their communities and regions. This fund is in addition to the other premiums that are paid from sourcing only certified fair trade and organic coffee throughout our history.
To date, this fund has totaled over $178,000 USD. Distributed between the five cooperatives we worked with, it has resulted in the planting of over 8000 trees on 3,400 acres, large scale groundcover planting for weed and erosion control, education, and retrofitting coffee processing facilities to clean solar energy.
As a company committed to environmental causes, we intend to continue this fund going forward for all of our coffee purchases, so we might be a resource for small parcel farmers, and give them the opportunity to implement solutions that will work for them. We see climate change as a global problem that needs global participation and teamwork to address.
We know that none of this would be possible without our dedicated customers, so thank you for making this happen. Whether you drink Café Mam for the delicious cup of coffee it makes, or for our sourcing practices, we are truly grateful for your support.
Majomut Co-op Climate Change Mitigation Tree Program
Shade and fruit tree delivery to women producers for Majomut Coop
Triunfo Verde's Climate Change Youth Education Program