Starbucks Coffee Company is expanding its $ million ethical sourcing program with a new farming research and development center in Costa Rica intended to help coffee farmers around the world mitigate climate change impact and support long-term crop stability.

The company says these programs are part of its ongoing billion-dollar commitment to ethically sourcing percent of its coffee by .

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Hectare farm pictured located on the slopes of the Poas Volcano into a global agronomy center. The work happening on this farm will enable the company to expand its Coffee and Farming Equity practices C.A.F.E., the ethical sourcing model developed in partnership with Conservation International to encourage social, environmental and economic standards in coffee production.

The farm will also influence the development of coffee varietals based on the insight offered through soil management processes, Starbucks says.

The company says, in total, it has invested saudi arabia phone number more than $ million in collaborative farmer programs and activities over the past years, which include C.A.F.E. practices, farmer support centers, farmer loans and forest carbon projects. All of these  farmer livelihoods and a long-term supply of sustainable coffee for the industry, Starbucks says.

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The new facility will build on and globally scale the work currently happening at five farmer support centers worldwide in Rwanda, Tanzania, Colombia, China, as well as Starbucks first farmer support center that opened in San Jose, Costa Rica in .

Starbucks farmer support centers are Canada Phone Number List home to agronomists and experts working directly with farmers. By providing farmers with expertise and training in soil management, field-crop production and milling processes, these practices can improve the quality and size of the harvest. The varied elevation of the farm will allow the agronomists to test responsible growing practices while ensuring biological diversity.