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Verified Living Income

Transforming Procurement for Improved Farmer Livelihoods

Poverty in the coffee industry is an enduring crisis

By anchoring green coffee prices to farm-specific costs of production and Living Income Benchmarks, we can close the living income gap for coffee producers around the world and build a truly sustainable and fair supply chain.

About Verified Living Income (VLI)

Created in partnership between Bellwether Coffee, Heifer International, and Sustainable Harvest, VLI is a new pricing model designed to meet coffee farmers’ livelihood needs.
Rooted in transparency, VLI determines the minimum price farmers need to be paid for their coffee to earn a living income.
Bellwether Coffee is on a mission to positively transform the global coffee industry for a better future across the entire coffee supply chain—making coffee roasting more sustainable for the planet, accessible for communities, and equitable for coffee farmers. Founded in 2013, Bellwether created an all‑electric coffee roaster with first‑of‑its‑kind recirculating roasting technology, making it the most consistent and controllable product on the market. Bellwether carefully selects farm partners to ensure they meet rigid ethical, sustainability, and quality standards and has developed a Tip the Farmer™ program to help the farms and communities invest in their own future. For more information, visit and follow @bellwethercoffee on Instagram and Facebook, or contact us via email.
For 76 years, Heifer International has worked with more than 36 million people around the world to end hunger and poverty in a sustainable way. Working with rural communities in 21 countries in Africa, Asia, and the Americas, including the United States, Heifer International supports farmers and local food producers to strengthen local economies and build secure livelihoods that provide a living income. For information, visit or contact us via email.
Sustainable Harvest, a B Corp since 2008, imports exquisite specialty coffees from around the world. For over 20 years, they have used an innovative sourcing approach to disrupt opaque, commodity‑driven trade. They focus on creating transparent relationships that increase value throughout the supply chain, all while fostering greater sustainability. Contact us via email.
All photographs provided courtesy of Sustainable Harvest and ASOPEP
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