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Coffee Farming Training Programs

Meet Cesar Ernesto Buezo, a child of a coffee farming family, who spent his whole life surrounded by the coffee plants on his family’s farm, but until recently, hadn’t thought to stop and appreciate the coffee flavour or his prospects as a coffee farmer. Then he took part in NESCAFÉ®’s Youth initiative, and his attitude changed.

Empowering Youth to Embrace Coffee Farming

“The biggest breakthrough for me was the simple act of noticing the cup of coffee that I was producing,” he says. “Testing it, tasting the different flavours, studying colours and texture… this was all entirely new”. Not a young person’s preferred profession, less than 5% of coffee farmers fall under the age of 35 worldwide. With a growing global generational gap engaged in coffee production, NESCAFÉ® set about presenting young people with good reasons to stay on the farm and embrace a coffee future of their own.

Helping Grow Futures – Farmer Education in Honduras

Honduras has one of the world’s youngest populations, with around 65% of Hondurans under 29. In June 2019, NESCAFÉ® launched a Youth initiative there. A collaboration with the national government and part of the Nestlé® Needs YOUth project, it aims to inspire younger generations to contribute to the success of their coffee-growing communities. Part of Nestlé®’s wider commitment to help 10 million young people worldwide to access economic opportunities by 2030, the NESCAFÉ® Plan aims to provide coffee farming training up to 25,000 young people in Honduras.

Nestlé® is committed to helping 10 million young people worldwide to access economic opportunities by 2030

Helping Fuel Hearts and Minds with Coffee Farming Training

While studying agricultural topics in his high school, Cesar took the opportunity to join the Youth initiative. “Ever since I was young, I used to dream of who I would become and the goals I might reach,” he explains. “Here in Comayagua, I knew that coffee was my future”. He jumped at the opportunity. With classes held at Coffee Quality Competence Centres like the one in the municipality of La Libertad, as well as remotely, the 80-hour training program teaches coffee knowledge and entrepreneurship. An on-site plant nursery and a solar drier allows for hands-on lessons about cultivation and harvesting. A designated preparation area allows students to learn about coffee properties, extraction methods, roasting, grinding and cup tasting

Modern Farming Education Fosters Leadership and Resilience

A holistic approach to farming sees the students schooled in running a modern business. Alongside lessons in husbandry, harvesting and crop care, they learn about engineering techniques, methods for improving coffee quality and computer skills. “One of our best modules was about motivation and perseverance,” says Cesar. “That really resonated, because we were all balancing the stresses of home and school. We had excellent talks about leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship. It was incredible to feel the support of people who did not ask for anything in return."

Brewing a Brighter Future

Following the initiative, a new generation of farmers feel fully invested in the farmland of their ancestors. “Most of us come from coffee producing families, but the challenge is that we inherit land along with other grandchildren, children and cousins,” says Cesar. "We lack theoretical and practical training when it comes to farm management. We let older people worry about it, and production has declined. Coffee is something that many young people see as obsolete. Thanks to the program, I have a different vision of what I want for my farm.” The collective learnings, shared among youth training programs in coffee, accelerate and expand the programs started by the NESCAFÉ® Plan in countries like Mexico and Colombia. “I think about a future in coffee, but not just in terms of an income,” says Cesar. “It’s a culture, a patrimony, an inheritance, and our family. It will always form a part of me and our community. The difference is, I don’t feel I have to be bound by tradition".

Making a Difference for You, Coffee Communities and Our World