In an industry with severe challenges, there’s a world of difference to be made.
Together with Slow you can address no less than 8 UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
We increase, stabilize and diversify incomes of Slow Coffee Farmers, and reduce risks related to livelihoods and finances.
The life of a smallholder coffee farmer is unpredictable – and even more so today, with volatile coffee prices that are currently at some of the lowest levels seen in decades. Slow alleviates these problems by paying premium prices, balancing cash-flows by 40% advance payments, and promoting income diversification through intercropping. In addition, we implement specific initiatives as requested by the farmers, such as establishing an emergency medical fund, and opening bank accounts and ID cards.
(Points addressed: 1.2, 1.4, 1.5)
Through coffee growing, provision of financial services and income diversification, we empower women farmers.
At Slow, women are decision-makers, and not just agents. 50% of our farmer network growth will come specifically from women farmers, to ensure inclusion. In addition, we provide diversified income activities targeted at them.
(Points addressed: 5.5, 5A)
Slow provides decent and inclusive micro-entrepreneurial jobs for coffee growers and their families and helps sustain a safe working environment.
We want to make growing coffee a decent, safe, and well-paying job for the farmers. We aim to improve workplace health and safety; for example, we installed wet-mill guards to cover moving parts, for all processing units
(Points addressed: 8.5. 8.8)
Through coffee growing, we aim to increase incomes and resilience of people belonging to ethnic minority groups.
15% of Slow farmers belong to ethnic minorities, who are often still at a disadvantage and discriminated against in Laos. 50% of our farmer network growth will come specifically from ethnic minority farmers, to ensure inclusion.
(Point addressed: 10.2)
Slow ensures efficient and sustainable management of natural
resources, and promotes safe disposal of wastes and wastewater
For example, we are in process of obtaining EU Organic certification, and are also implementing better wastewater management systems.
(Points addressed: 12.2, 12.4)
Through promotion of agroforestry and income diversification, Slow increases climate resilience of smallholder farmers in Laos
Lao PDR is highly vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters, including extreme weather events which have been increasing in frequency and intensity. Slow promotes and implements agroforestry to increase climate resilience – with the smallholders who we work with. 96.2% of the coffee farms have a canopy cover o f 8% or more , and weighted average canopy cover is 32.5%, with an average of 377 trees per ha. Our goal is that 80% of our Farmers will be growing coffee according to bird-friendly standards by 2025 We also support income diversification to increase climate-change resilience.
(Point addressed: 13.1)
By implementing diverse coffee agroforestry, reduction of activities causing land degradation through improved livelihoods and selected reforestation activities – Slow regenerates and preserve forests, and combats land degradation
Slow implements agroforestry based growing methods with smallholders. This in turn helps prevent soil degradation, deforestation and promotes maintenance of ecosystems services. In addition, our program also prevents deforestation indirectly: through the provision of a stable and improved livelihood with agroforestry coffee, smallholders can now reduce activities that cause deforestation and land degradation elsewhere – e.g., shifting cultivation or conversion of forest areas and agroforestry coffee to monoculture crops such as cassava. We also plan to purchase patches of degraded land in ecologically strategic areas and regenerate them to natural state.
(Points addressed: 15.1, 15.2, 15.3)
Big changes can only be achieved together –
Slow unites multiple stakeholders towards a common goal of conserving and regenerating forests
(Points addressed: 17.16, 17.7)