(ANSA) – MILAN, AUG 01 – Concrete help to revive coffee production in Puerto Rico where hurricanes Maria and Irma destroyed more than 80% of coffee trees. After Colombia, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Congo, Nespresso supports farmers in Puerto Rico with the Reviving Origins program, born in 2019 to bring back coffee cultivation to regions affected by adversity such as conflicts, economic difficulties and environmental disasters. The latest addition to the Reviving Origins range that Nepresso is launching in Italy for the Vertuo range comes from the Caribbean island ‘Cafecito de Puerto Rico’.
Nespresso’s support for the island began in 2019 with the collaboration with the Hispanic Federation and the global non-profit organization TechnoServe. Nespresso distributed new coffee plants to local farmers and growers to replace those destroyed by hurricanes Irma and Maria and trained communities in Puerto Rico in sustainable coffee growing practices and business skills, with the aim of helping them improve the quality and yield of their coffee, increase their coffee. income while boosting the local community’s economy thanks to an investment of 1 million Swiss francs.
“The farmers and growers who participate in the program are already making incredible progress and applying farming practices to improve their coffee, their income and their lives,” said William Warshauer, president and CEO of TechnoServe.
In Puerto Rico, Nespresso currently works with over 400 farms, with the goal of supporting 1,500 by 2022. With Reviving Origins, Nespresso aims to develop long-term partnerships with farmers, growers, communities and local authorities, with the goal of rebuilding sustainable livelihoods for the communities in the countries involved, while preserving the future of some of the rarest and most prized varieties of coffee in the world and for which 10 million Swiss francs have been invested so far starting in 2019 and over a period of 5 years. (MANAGE).
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