Blue Harvest includes three programmatic areas:
1. Technical Support
Technical: Blue Harvest provides technical advice in watershed management, sustainable agricultural production (including coffee), water-smart and climate-smart agriculture practices, and coffee milling process that improve water efficiencies and wastewater treatment.
Governance / Community Development: Staff provides support to build the social and political processes required for integrated water resources management.
Supply chain improvements: Assist farmers and farmer groups within key watersheds improve their commercialiation opportunities and processes, and identify and implement strategies for them to receive more value for their coffee.
Support is provided to: rural and urban water committees, municipal governments, watershed councils, farmers, coffee cooperatives and coffee mills.
2. Funds for water resources management work in the field
The program leverages and channels investments for farms, mills, and water resource management. Funds are specifically used to catalyze matching funds/resources from various sources, including public funds (municipal and national funds), donors, financial institutions, private funds (e.g. coffee cooperatives, coffee buyers/roasters), water users in rural and urban water systems, and farmers.
3. Learning and Advocacy
Learning: Blue Harvest expands the CRS Coffeelands and Water-smart Agriculture learning agenda for analysis on the themes of sustainable watershed management and protecting water sources in coffeelands. The purpose of the learning and analysis component is be to formulate understanding and recommendations for industry actors, governments, farmers, millers, and others.
Advocacy: Activities are designed to generate impacts beyond specific locations/projects in order to influence policies, governance, and practices at national, regional, and international levels.