We work closely with our customers, we support their businesses. The smallholder farmers who supply us with coffee are at the centre of SMS sustainability action. It is for them that SMS dedicates so much energy and resources.
We have a full-fledged sustainability department with one responsibility, which is to provide technical support to the farmers. Technical support comes in the form of extension, certification, climate change, cooperative governance among others. This explains the 80,000 + farmers who have benefited from SMS trainings.
Recently, we embarked on more intensified women and youth integration in coffee farming using modern methodologies that have been tried elsewhere in the world. SMS is also addressing food security needs among farmers who face multiple challenges in their lives.
Many development partners are on our back and call. They share the same vision as we do and have been working closely with us through this journey. IFC, Hivos, Solidaridad, SNV, KENAFF, CARANA among others are major financiers to sustainability projects at SMS. These either form multiple partner projects with us or singly design and implement with SMS.
It is also worthwhile acknowledging the coffee buyers who are partnering with SMS in the sustainability program. Among these are Starbucks, Mars Drinks, Nestle, Tchibo etc.
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