上一篇友邦行動日誌「打造零售產業的全新樣貌 × 凌網科技」，我們瞭解到援外行動需要相互理解，並克服「文化」、「思考」與「習慣」上的差異，才能讓行動落地與發揮影響力！這一次將透過傑恩咖啡前往宏都拉斯的出訪紀錄，帶大家來瞭解「影響力如何從產地出發，改變整體咖啡產業結構及提升經濟價值！」
因此，傑恩咖啡團隊導入「Just Go Origin 從產地起跑計畫」，提供當地咖啡合作社品管設備及檢測技術的培訓課程，透過課程協助宏國咖啡小農，紀錄、檢測及把關其咖啡生豆的種植品質。而訓練課程也特別保留女性咖啡小農的參與名額，藉此增加宏國女性的受僱率，提供女性經濟自主獨立的機會，以改善當地男女就業率失衡，及女性社經地位偏低的社會發展現況。
傑恩咖啡的創辦人王詩如不僅是 2013 年臺灣烘豆大賽冠軍，更是 2011 年美國精品咖啡協會（SCAA）舉辦之年度烘豆師大賽的亞軍得主，她深知咖啡賽事對品質的高標準，每年為在咖啡賽事中取得佳績為臺灣爭光，會採購數量可觀的咖啡生豆，而為了促成宏國咖啡產業的良性循環，透過導入咖啡行動實驗室的品質培訓與控管，宏國在地咖啡小農可獲得競賽豆保證採購合約，讓影響力從宏都拉斯產地開始發酵！
臺灣咖啡市場在各大超商及 Cama Cafe、路易莎咖啡與星巴克等連鎖咖啡品牌的帶動下掀起了「全民咖啡」的熱潮，而隨著精品咖啡的需求不斷增加，越來越多人開始關注咖啡豆的風味與產地，也讓咖啡市場更趨於成熟蓬勃；臺灣咖啡師近年更是積極參加國際咖啡賽事，並年年獲得亮眼成績，而臺灣的咖啡產量有限，因此對於臺灣來說，透過技術與經驗的輔導海外咖啡小農，協助友邦咖啡產業發展，滿足國內日益龐大的咖啡市場需求，絕對是多贏的最佳做法！
Honduras: There is a huge gap between urban and rural areas in Honduras. Importing agricultural machinery to enhance agro-business efficiency and developing agro-products (such as avocado derivatives) and their markets are necessary for Honduras. In addition, Taiwanese enterprises and organizations have the potential to assist the rural economy by promoting the traditional and unique culture of Honduras, due to its indigenous culture, textiles, and pottery, which are attractive to international tourists.
Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis: The tourism industry is a keystone of the national development vision of St. Christopher and Nevis. However, tourism to the country is still underdeveloped. Taiwan has had a successful experience applying the cultural and creative industries to tourism over many years. Taiwanese enterprises are able to apply Taiwanese models to improve the processing techniques for agro-products and create brands with local features. In addition, they could also assist SMEs with the provision of loans or technologies.
Haiti: Charcoal is Haiti’s primary fuel, but the process of charcoal production continues to damage the forests. Even while the country’s forest coverage rate has fallen to 5%, Haitian’s still choose charcoal, causing significantly greater environmental damage, rather than using the higher-priced gas fuel. Rice is the main food crop in Haiti, and converting rice straw into biofuel is practical and has long been studied in Taiwan. It would be a remarkable and breakthrough if the techniques of converting rice straw into biomass fuels could be applied in Haiti.
Belize: Since many rural villages in Belize are far away from the main water pipelines, local water corporations are unable to extend their services to those places. However, according to the Belize National Weather Service, rainfall from June to November in Belize is enough to cover local use if a rainwater storage system is constructed in rural villages. The TaiwanICDF hopes Taiwanese enterprises and organizations can combine local infrastructure and water purification systems to improve the accessibility of clean water resources in Belize.
Saint Lucia: The TaiwanICDF is cooperating with the government of Saint Lucia on the Project for ICT in Education. However, the local primary and secondary schools as well as public libraries lack digital libraries and managerial systems, slowing the development of digital education and e-learning. Moreover, students’ written and artistic works are not effectively preserved or shared, an obstacle to the effective accumulation of experience and learning. There is a need for businesses and CSOs to find innovative solutions to these weaknesses.
Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis: The Saint Kitts and Nevis government is putting more emphasis on educational technology resources for local elementary and middle schools and is focusing especially on mathematics and applied science. By promoting informatization and digitalization, and equipping them with educational technologies and resources, the TaiwanICDF expects to help more students align with global trends and widen their horizons.
Guatemala: In Guatemala, indigenous women suffer from gender and racial inequality in work opportunities and wages. The Taiwanese enterprises and organizations could develop assistance in integrating community resources and lowering the barriers for women entrepreneurs with the provision of various gender-friendly business opportunities.
Paraguay: In response to COVID-19, Paraguay is improving digitalization among its industries. The TaiwanICDF has launched the Project to Strengthen Capacity to Support Development of MSMEs in Paraguay, in order to expand and accelerate the growth of the fashion industry and its development. The TaiwanICDF encourages Taiwanese enterprises and organizations to bring over more digital resources and virtual tools, such as virtual fitting rooms and other marketing tools for a better online consumer experience.