What does it take to lead a coffee cooperative? Managers, directors and leaders of coffee farmer organisations have been working to answer this qn for the last four years in a School for Leaders. The school is promoted by the Peruvian organisations “La Prosperidad” and “Aprocassi” in alliance with Rikolto to give training to a total of 159 potential leaders and dive with them for six months into good governance and social and business sustainability practices.
"When we started, the cooperative leaders said that it was one thing to receive leadership training and another to take responsibility. At Rikolto, we co-created the curriculum proposal for the course with them [La Prosperidad and Aprocassi], and reviewed and defined a personalised accompaniment process, partially financing its implementation", says Lith Montés, Rikolto's project coordinator.
As of 2021, the school's programme has gone through four editions. What has their impact been, and how has it prepared leaders for crisis scenarios such as COVID-19? We present the keys to the case below.