To further streamline business operations and decision-making, CGA Technologies developed a management information system (MIS) that Mountain Harvest uses to analyze their data, adjust in real-time, and plan future investments for expansion. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, IMA World Health lent their public health expertise to ensure Mountain Harvest farmers and staff were supplied with the information and equipment to protect themselves and to model health precautions, such as mask wearing and frequent handwashing, for their surrounding community.
Taken together, these activities helped boost income and resilience for farmers and their communities, even in the face of a health crisis. Over the past six years, Mountain Harvest has set up 18 farmer training centers and secured organic certification for 1,000 farmers. The average price paid to farmers per metric ton of green coffee has increased from $2,967 in 2018 to $5,393 in 2023. The quality of smallholder-grown coffee has increased alongside a rise in export prices of 80 percent, further supporting farmer incomes. Mountain Harvest is also changing traditional gender roles and norms. Women’s involvement in coffee production has become critical to all aspects of Mountain Harvest’s operations.