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Starbucks donates Bt2.5m to northern farmers

Oct 11. 2018
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By The Nation

Starbucks Coffee Thailand says it is backing the sustainable development of coffee farming in northern Thailand, donating Bt2.5 million to the Integrated Tribal Development Programme (ITDP) to celebrate the 20th anniversary in Thailand.

The funds represent part of the proceeds from sales at Starbucks Langsuan community store and from the Good Coffee Day on July 18, where customers supported farmers by donating cash for a beverage.

Starbucks has been working closely with the ITDP for 17 years in purchasing Arabica from coffee farmers in northern Thailand for the Starbucks, Muan Jai blend as well as improving the livelihood of the coffee farmers. 

Based on Starbucks’ ethical sourcing, the Coffee and Farmer Equity (Cafe) practices, coffee farmers are able to grow better coffee beans for themselves and the environment while Starbucks contributes to improving their quality of life. 

ITDP will use these funds to build a coffee bean nursery, purchase Arabica saplings and support sustainable coffee planting.

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