Between 2016 and 2019, Lidl were involved, along with the Fairtrade organisation and the producers’ network CLAC, in a training project for smallholder farmers in Bolivia. This programme enabled the members of a total of eight coffee cooperatives to improve their knowledge and technical skills in coffee cultivation, which lead to improvements of both plant yield and soil health. The project reached a total of 300 families and is considered an example of best practice for supporting with the impacts of climate change.
SUPPORTING SMALLHOLDER FARMERS AND WOMEN IN GUATEMALA
Lidl has launched a sustainability initiative in the coffee growing region of Guatemala, alongside the UTZ sustainability program and CARE, an international development organisation. The Guatemala Project was initiated to strengthen the role of women within the coffee industry, as well as promoting productive and sustainable coffee cultivation, working with the smallholder cooperative Agrícola Integral Acatenango. As part of this project, coffee farmers are trained in sustainable farming and processing methods, which enables them to achieve greater added-value for high-quality coffee in the long term.