Sustainable Harvest

COVID-19 is showing no signs of slowing down. With over a quarter million new cases daily worldwide, the global pandemic continues its climb toward 25 million cases and 1 million deaths, which at the current rate will most likely come before the end of September. And while its effects vary greatly, the most devastating of them has disproportionately affected the elderly, the immunocompromised, and the marginalized. Coffee growers, often unmoneyed farmers in rural parts of resource-poor countries, fall squarely in the group most at-risk of experiencing COVID-19’s most devastating effects.

The ways in which the global pandemic affects rural coffee farmers are multi-faceted, to help untangle such a vastly complicated issue, Sustainable Harvest has partnered with Root Capital to present a free webinar with Dr. Raj Panjabi, CEO and co-founder of Last Mile Health. Taking place online Tuesday, August 25th, Dr. Panjabi will share his insights on strengthening rural communities and how best they can fight the spread of COVID-19.

An associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Panjabi has been named by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World as well as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Health Care, he received the 2017 TED Prize, and has multiple times made it to Forbes’ World’s 50 Greatest Leaders lists. Joining Dr. Panjabi for the conversation format will be Sustainable Harvest president Liam Brody and Root Capital founder and CEO Willy Foote. While each panel member has pretty extensive experience working with farming communities, the conversation will lean heavily on the knowledge of Dr. Panjabi as “one of the world's leading experts in strengthening rural, community health systems.” Per the event page, topics of discussion for the webinar will include insights Dr. Panjabi gained while combatting the ebola outbreak in Liberia, how cooperatives and rural agriculture businesses can fight COVID-19, and open-access digital tools available to aid in the fight against COVID-19.

A Conversation with Dr. Raj Panjabi of Last Mile Health takes place online Tuesday, August 25th at 8:00am CST. The webinar is completely free to any interested parties. Registration is required to attend and can be done here. For more information, visit Sustainable Harvest’s official website.

Zac Cadwalader is the managing editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.

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