Thanks to your support, CRS (and farmers we serve) win grant!

Here’s a note from our colleagues in Latin America.

Great news! Our proposal to help family coffee farmers in Latin America adapt to climate change was one of four projects to win a $200,000 grant from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters in its Climate Challenge competition.

As part of the selection process, Green Mountain invited people like you from all around the world to vote for the proposals you liked best (there were more than 100 at the start of the competition!). Hundreds of CRS supporters signed on to vote for us on the JustMeans Web site.  Green Mountain liked what it saw – thanks in large part to you – and the company announced the award today, in honor of Earth Day.

With the grant, CRS and our partners at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) will help small-scale family farmers adapt to climate change. CIAT will gather data from some of the more than 7,000 farmers who are participating in our CAFE Livelihoods project in Mexico and Central America.  CIAT will use that data to support its very fancy “crop targeting” models that help show land-use patterns will likely change over time in the places where we are working.  Together, we will share that information with farmers and help them make better decisions about how they will farm into the future.

Many thanks to all of those of you who voted to support the project!

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