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Topic: AID providing seed money(literally)for coffee growers in Latin America (3 msgs / 136 lines)
1) From: Charles Cowdrick
Thanks for sending this very interesting article. The site referenced [ http://www.coffeecorps.org/] was informative. Two weeks working in 
Central America as a volunteer would be wonderful, but in my case the 
volunteer would learn more than the host. Yet it's a very good feeling 
to think that my taxes are supporting something like this rather than a 
"smart bomb" (oxymoron?) There is no doubt that small and medium coffee 
growers are hurting, and the 8 million dollars (which wouldn't buy one 
wing of a B-1) will be well spent.
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2) From: susan oppenheim
Today's paper in san Jose Costa Rica
            Coffee Corps will help famers with technical advice
               Special to A.M. Costa Rica
 WASHINGTON, D.C.  The U.S. Agency for International
 Development is providing seed money for a new volunteer
 program to address the crisis faced by small coffee farmers in Latin
 America and in nations elsewhere which rely heavily on coffee for
 the majority of their export revenues.
 The agency said Tuesday that it will work with the non-profit,
 California-based Coffee Quality Institute to improve the livelihoods
 of coffee farmers, workers, and entrepreneurs in developing
 countries and to establish a "Coffee Corps" to help ensure a reliable
 global supply of quality coffee.
 The Coffee Corps volunteers will develop projects to address the
 business needs of small coffee farmers. Potential projects may
 range from consulting on post-harvest processing improvements to
 environmental issues. The volunteers will be experts in the coffee
 industry who are willing to share their time and talent with coffee
 farmers and coffee communities. The agency said it will provide
 initial funding for the program, while the coffee institute will pay
 for volunteers' travel and basic living costs during their
 assignments, which will typically run for about two weeks.
 Agency Administrator Andrew Natsios said the partnership with
 the coffee institute is an "innovative way to address the crisis
 facing small coffee farmers around the world."
 Natsios said the volunteer program will rely on the "expertise,
 technology and resources of private corporations and others to help
 poor countries grow out of poverty." He added that "by mobilizing
 top-level expertise on a volunteer basis from U.S. coffee
 companies, the coffee corps program will help small farmers
 improve the quality of their production and tap into high-paying
 markets that would have been inaccessible to them."
                                                       The agency said
that the crisis has hit such regions as Central
                                                       America
particularly hard, because an oversupply of coffee on
                                                       world markets has
driven coffee prices to historic lows and caused
                                                       great hardship to
the area's coffee producers and coffee workers.
                                                       Adolfo Franco,
agency assistant administrator for Latin America
                                                       and the
Caribbean, said that in the last year Central American coffee
                                                       producers lost
about $1.5 billion while 600,000 coffee workers
                                                       lost their jobs.
                                                       Franco said last
month that his agency signed in 2002 a quality
                                                       coffee agreement
with Panama, the Dominican Republic and five
                                                       Central American
countries in which the agency will provide $8
                                                       million for a
program to assist small and medium-sized coffee
                                                       producers to
improve coffee quality and form new business
                                                       linkages. The
program will also secure longer-term contracts with
                                                       the specialty
coffee industry and identify and implement crop
                                                       diversification
options for producers who cannot be competitive.
                                                       Franco said his
agency's effort to form partnerships with private
                                                       corporations and
organizations will help coffee-producing countries
                                                       affected by the
sharp fall of world coffee prices.
                                                       For instance, an
agency agreement with Green Mountain Coffee
                                                       Roasters of
Vermont will support the development of small- and
                                                       medium-scale
coffee producers that are environmentally, socially
                                                       and economically
sustainable.
                                                       Franco said the
agreement "will improve livelihoods and incomes
                                                       for coffee
farmers and their communities while maintaining a
                                                       reliable supply
of coffee in the range of qualities demanded by
                                                       consumers."
                                                       Groups interested
in requesting Coffee Corps assistance may
                                                       contact the
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3) From: Oaxaca Charlie
 Charles, The post you are replying to hasn't shown up for me
yet. I can't find any info on that site as to what exactly they
do or have done. 
--- Charles Cowdrick  wrote:
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