Undergraduate Engaged Research Grants

Empowering Coffee Farmers to Understand their Production Costs

If a major consumer product industry is going to be environmentally, financially, and socially sustainable, the entire supply chain must be transparent. Since 2016 , faculty researchers — with support from the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future — have been examining the coffee industry from the perspective of smallholder coffee growers and have identified the full production costs — from preparing the land to drying the beans. Now undergraduate students in information science are designing an online tool to help smallholder coffee farmers and cooperatives calculate these costs on their own. Using insights and feedback from stakeholders in Latin America, the students’ work can enhance the lives of millions of people who are often marginalized in large supply chain systems.

The Team

  • Gilly Leshed, Department of Information Science
    Computing and Information Science
  • Miguel Gomez, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
    SC Johnson College of Business
  • Joshua Woodard, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
    SC Johnson College of Business
  • Community Partner: Fair Trade USA

Undergraduate Engaged Research Grants

Expanding the number of students involved in established community-engaged research.

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