[T]he theme of this year’s Re:co Symposium is focused on Coffee in Crisis: A Call and Response. Individuals, companies, and organizations will gather together to address the crisis coffee farmers all over the world have dealt with for many years. Through learning and collaboration, attendees of Re:co Boston, April 10–11, will develop actionable plans to confront complex problems in a variety of topics, including: Macroeconomic Dysfunction in the Coffee Trade; Cost of Production and Profitability for Coffee Producers; Value Chains, Transparency, and Market Linkages; The Role of Innovation and Technical Advancement; and Growing Consumption: Letting Go of Sameness. So far, 10 of this year’s speakers have been announced:
- Andrea Olivar, International Programme Manager Coffee, Solaridad
- David Browning, Chief Executive Officer, Enveritas Inc.
- Greg Lowe, Global Head of Resilience and Sustainability, Aon plc
- Hanna Neuschwander, Director of Communications, World Coffee Research
- Janina Grabs, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Munster, Germany
- Michelle Johnson, Marketing & Coffee Culture, The Chocolate Barista
- Taya Brown, Doctoral Candidate, Horticultural Sciences at Texas A&M University
- Ted Fischer, Professor of Anthropology, Director of the Institute for Coffee Studies, Vanderbilt University
- Vanúsia Nogueira, Executive Director, BSCA
- Vera Espindola Rafael, Advisor Sustainability/Development Economist, SAGARPA
Additional speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. Re:co Symposium takes place April 10–11 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. For more information, visit recosymposium.org.