More than 200 years ago, the territory that’s now known as Haiti grew half of the world’s coffee. Today, after decades of increasing population and shrinking farm sizes, periods of political instability, and coffee challenges that range from pests and disease to global price swings, Haitian farmers struggle to supply both local and international markets.

Coffee production in Haiti began to decline noticeably in the 1970s with the decline of coffee prices on international markets. Over recent decades, farmers in many areas have gradually replaced coffee plantings with food crops. Today, coffee yields in Haiti are about one-third of the average yield in Central America.

The Haiti Coffee Academy is striving to help coffee farmers change the trajectory of their sector. Our primary goal is to improve growers’ livelihoods by helping them increase the quantity and quality of coffee they produce, process, and trade, while maintaining a diversified cropping system. We work toward these ends through training programs for smallholder farmers, a demonstration farm and nursery, and efforts to strengthen the supply chain for both local and export markets.

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The Academy

Located in Tè Lonj, a community in the mountains of southeastern Haiti, the Academy provides smallholder farmers with material and technical resources to increase the yields, production, and quality of their coffee. The premises include a 12-hectare farm, an adjoining nursery, and equipment and space to process coffee.

 

The Haiti Coffee Academy is a registered Haitian agricultural business. In 2013, La Colombe Coffee Roasters and the Clinton Foundation joined together to create the venture.

Learn More

We’re striving to help bring Haitian coffee to the world while supporting the farmer families working at the source. For more information, contact us at: info@haiticoffeeacademy.com, or read more about our work: