Beyond Fair Trade Coffee: A Business Built on Partnerships

From its picturesque location at the end of Washington’s State Route 532, things are looking good at Camano Island Coffee Roasters (CICR). Founded in 1999 by Jeff Ericson and his nephew Dan, it all started with a one-pound roaster in a barn.
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Jacquelyn Rowley, Divine Chocolate USA

Jacquelyn Rowley talks about the cooperative that founded Divine Chocolate – Kuapa Kokoo – and its 1200 village societies and 45,000 farmer members. The proportion of women farmers has grown from 13% to nearly 30%.
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Investors Discover Agriculture and the Food System

In early October the third annual Social Capital Markets Conference (SOCAP) – for investors interested in socially responsible companies – included a special track on food systems. It was odd to see regional food systems in the spotlight with biotech and IT! Almost the complete six session food system track is available online.
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