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GMCR’s Rick Peyser on the making of the documentary “After the Harvest”

From the May 2011 issue.

Green Mountain Coffee Roaster's Rick Peyser discusses post-harvest hunger

Rick PeyserWhen Rick Peyser landed a new role as Director of Social Advocacy & Coffee Community Outreach at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR), one of the first things he did was seek out more information about what life was like on the farm.

In August 2007 Peyser teamed up with the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) to design an interview process of 22 questions that they put to selected farmer co-operatives in Nicaragua, two departments in Guatemala and two states in Mexico.

While the questions all brought out some fascinating, and often heartbreaking, responses, it was the answer to one question that really stopped Peyser in his tracks. When the farmers were asked if they experienced any periods of scarcity of food or hunger, nearly every family gave the same answer. Like clockwork, nearly two-thirds of the respondents said that after the harvest period they experienced three to four months of food scarcity.

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