Coffee for Peace
Coffee for Peace uses a unique, triple-bottom line formula to brew peace for over 800 families in the high-conflict zone of Mindanao, Philippines –
‘Farmers, Environment, Peacebuilding’.
The farmers (80% of which are women) are paid a fair price for their coffee, empowering them with a sustainable livelihood, magnifying their economic security and financial stability. The environment is transformed into an ally by planting trees with a dual impact: (i) helping the farmers maximize productivity levels courtesy the critical shade cover that expedites coffee plant growth (ii) creating a spillover ‘green’ footprint on the region.
Finally, Coffee for Peace acts as an avenue for dialogue for at-risk individuals to avoid conflict by building awareness on peace and reconciliation through targeted training and community building programs. This ‘prevention better than cure approach’ positions Coffee for Peace to redefine the peacebuilding narrative in Philippines by building inclusive peace (literally) from the grassroots!
Joji Felicitas-B. Pantoja
Founder & CEO
“Peace could not be built on an empty stomachs. Coffee for Peace empowers communities through an inclusive business model which enhances community relationships, peace, and security. It began when founders Dann and Joji, peace builders in Mindanao, saw that there had to be sustainable economic solutions to go hand in hand with their peace work.”
Sustainable, scalable, inclusive peacebuilding, that has long-term and transformative impact.
The IIX-N-Peace Innovation Challenge is a joint initiative by the N-Peace Network, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX).
Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX)
IIX is a a leading organisation in the global impact investing space whose mission is to impact 100 million lives by 2020 by linking development with finance.
N-Peace is a UNDP-managed multi-country network of peace advocates in Asia advancing women’s leadership for conflict prevention, resolution, and peacebuilding.
United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
UNDP works in more than 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.