Filipino indigenous communities brew coffee for peace

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Joji Pantoja, Coffee for Peace’s CEO, at N-Peace Awards Ceremony. Photo: UNDP

Coffee farming is helping indigenous people in the Philippines to protect the environment, preserve their ancestral lands and secure their financial future.

They are doing so through an organization called Coffee for Peace, one of the winners of a UN-backed award that celebrates innovation.

Coffee for Peace began eight years ago on the southern island of Mindanao, where Islamic rebel groups have been fighting for self-determination for decades.

It has since expanded to other conflict areas in the country.

Dianne Penn spoke to CEO Joji Pantoja and asked her "Why coffee?"

Duration: 4'32"

 

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