Latin America is a complex region with growing inequality. However, it is investing in sustainability, especially in strategic economic sectors such as cocoa and coffee. In Latin America and the Caribbean, 14 million jobs are dependent on the coffee industry, and at least 1.7 million people are dependent on or directly benefit from the production of cocoa.
Despite its importance, the livelihoods of producing families are threatened by social tensions, the effects of climate change and food insecurity. As a result, the cost of living and doing business continues to rise. Both crops face common challenges (productivity, innovation, quality, deforestation, etc.) in countries such as Ecuador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Peru.
To make a real difference, we need to see income and decent living conditions as two sides of the same coin. Cocoa and coffee can be at the heart of the solution, as value chains that can provide living incomes and promote sustainable food systems. This can only happen if we work together with producer organisations and associations, companies, and governments.
The Living Income Community of Practice defines living income as: "The net annual income required for a household in a particular place to afford a decent standard of living for all members of that household. "Elements of a decent standard of living include: food, water, housing, education, healthcare, transport, clothing, and other essential needs including provision for unexpected events".
Rikolto contributes to closing the living income gap for farming families in the cocoa and coffee sectors. In Ecuador, Honduras, Guatemala and Peru, we co-create climate-smart solutions that contribute to family food security and business competitiveness in local and global markets. We bring producer organisations closer to industry standards and work with companies on inclusive business practices, including women and youth in value chains. Read more about our strategies:
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