Skip to main content
Email Print Share

Technology assists coffee farmers in the developing world

Father and son view iPad application at Cocasam Cooperative in San Marcos de Colon, Honduras


A father and son view an iPad application at the Cocasam Cooperative in San Marcos de Colon, Honduras. Sustainable Harvest, a specialty coffee importer in Portland, Ore., is developing such apps to allow farmers in developing countries the access to tools that will improve harvest tracking and to access educational videos and best practices for improving crop quality. These iPad apps increase traceability and transparency across the coffee supply chain.

Sustainable Harvest, working in cooperation with Exprima Media, a software strategy and design consultancy company in Portland, are bringing the iPad to coffee co-ops and farmers in East Africa, Mexico and South America. Over the past several years, they have unveiled a suite of efficiency and traceability iPad apps--the Relationship Information Tracking System (RITS) suite--for coffee farmers in the developing world. The companies dont market directly to farmers; instead, they sell to coffee co-ops, which either purchase the iPads themselves or seek out third-party-funded grants.

Further information is available Here. (Date of Image: February 2011 )

Credit: Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers

General Restrictions:
Images and other media in the National Science Foundation Multimedia Gallery are available for use in print and electronic material by NSF employees, members of the media, university staff, teachers and the general public. All media in the gallery are intended for personal, educational and nonprofit/non-commercial use only.

Images credited to the National Science Foundation, a federal agency, are in the public domain. The images were created by employees of the United States Government as part of their official duties or prepared by contractors as "works for hire" for NSF. You may freely use NSF-credited images and, at your discretion, credit NSF with a "Courtesy: National Science Foundation" notation. Additional information about general usage can be found in Conditions.

Also Available:
Download the high-resolution JPG version of the image. (4.6 MB)

Use your mouse to right-click (Mac users may need to Ctrl-click) the link above and choose the option that will save the file or target to your computer.