Growing Hope for South Sudan

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Growing Hope for South Sudan

Africa’s youngest nation is heavily dependent on oil export and aid, but an ambitious Nespresso project could give the nation’s coffee farmers a way out of poverty
‘South Sudan is an opportunity to create shared value’ - Jérôme Perez, head of sustainability at Nespresso. Photograph: Nespresso

‘South Sudan is an opportunity to create shared value’ - Jérôme Perez, head of sustainability at Nespresso. Photograph: Nespresso

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Monday, August 10, 2015 - 10:00am

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The youngest of the African countries, South Sudan, is having teething problems. The promise of peace and prosperity after 39 years of civil war has been all but dashed. The conflict has displaced 1.5 million people, nearly half of the 11 million population faces hunger and economists are revising growth predictions downwards as instability and falling levels of oil production take their toll on the economy.

For the time being, the conflict is localised in the Upper Nile state in the north of the country. In stark contrast, an unlikely story of survival and even success is unfolding in the south. In the town of Yei, close to the borders with Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, farmers are rewriting their futures by reviving an age-old natural resource: coffee.

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Keywords: Environment | Coffee | Corporate Responsibility | Responsible Business & Employee Engagement | Responsible Production & Consumption | ethical production and consumption | farmers | nespresso | south sudan | sustainable supply chain

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