The livelihoods of ~5 million smallholder coffee farmers are extremely vulnerable. We believe that growing coffee is a unique opportunity for them to escape poverty if they grow it better.
Together with experienced nonprofits and partners in the coffee industry, we want to assist them to exploit the full potential that coffee offers for them. We aspire to get coffee farmers and their families out of extreme poverty by 2030. All of them.
The best nonprofits are most often far better than those who are just good. By working together with nonprofits who have proven themselves to be among the very best, we can work most effectively towards our goal.
If success can be measured, it must be measured. Therefore, we rigorously evaluate and test the results of our projects and make these findings public.
Together with our project partners, we develop initiatives that provide smallholder coffee farmers with the means to escape extreme poverty. We are currently funding the following initiatives:
- A “fact-finding” project with Enveritas, aimed at generating a consistent, reliable overview of the number of smallholder coffee farmers and their poverty levels in key coffee-growing countries.
- An unconditional cash transfer program with GiveDirectly, a US non-profit, targeting 5,000 poor households in a coffee-growing region in Uganda.
- An agronomy training program with TechnoServe and HRNS, directed at 100,000 smallholder coffee farmers in Uganda with the goal to achieve, on average, at least a 50% increase in coffee yields.
Our near-term focus is to successfully implement the projects we have initiated since 2016, and to learn from their results. In addition, we will actively identify additional project partners that can help us move forward.
With Par we fund international programs that meet our criteria regarding effectiveness, efficiency and transparency. And why the name “Par”? Par is Latin. Its translation? “Equal”. “Equal” as in Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights."