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October, 2018

No 33

Coffee growers demand co-responsibility from the world industry in solution of crisis

• Producers from Africa, Asia and Latin America sent a letter to leading roasters and other companies calling for immediate joint actions.
• Among the intended recipients of the letter are companies such as Starbucks, Nestlé, Joh Johannson, Gustav Paulig, Folgers, Keurig and JDE.
• The letter reminds that since 1990 coffee prices have impoverished coffee growers worldwide, and in most countries they cannot even cover their production costs.
• While in 1982 the pound of coffee ranged between $1.20 and $1.40, this year it has reached $0.94, with producers losing at least two thirds of their purchasing power.
• The signatory associations represent over 30 countries grouped in the World Coffee Producers Forum, which, under the leadership of the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation, met in Medellin in July 2017 with almost 1,500 attendees, and will meet again at Brazil in July 2019.

September, 2018

No 33

Over 1,100 lots will compete in 3rd  national quality competition ‘Colombia, Land of Diversity’

• The competition is gaining more and more strength, with more producers registering their coffee to be evaluated. In addition, the number of buyers has increased every year, establishing the competition as a new benchmark in the global specialty coffee industry.
• As it is tradition, participation is open to Colombian coffee growers or natural or legal persons, including foreigners, with coffee farms in Colombia in two categories: small and large lots.

September, 2018

No 33

ICO announces global campaign to warn consumers about coffee producers’ crisis

• At the end of the 122nd session of the International Coffee Council (ICC); these meetings were attended by representatives of Colombian coffee growers, including members of the Steering and National Committees of Coffee Growers and the FNC CEO, who drove the resolution issued by the ICC, which recognizes that current prices do not reflect the physical coffee market and do not cover costs.
• The Colombian delegation left explicit proof of the difficult situation that Colombian coffee growers are going through.
• This meeting served to bring together coffee growers from producing countries, who insisted on their call on the world coffee industry for the need for co-responsibility of the whole coffee chain.

September, 2018

No 33

Increasingly more women and young people are coffee-farming leaders in Colombia

• In the Municipal Committees, the percentage of female participation increased from 16% to 24%, a proportion very close to 28% of the electoral roll, while in the Departmental Committees the figure practically doubled, from 8% to 15%, a great achievement of these elections.

• In terms of generational integration and young people remaining in the countryside, another of the great challenges for the coffee sector, important advances were also made, as 20% of representatives in the Departmental Committees and 34% in the Municipal Committees are younger than 45 years old.

• As to leadership renewal, the rate reached 42% in the Departmental Committees and 53% in the Municipal Committees.

September, 2018

No 33

Cafés de Colombia Expo, the most important specialty coffee fair in Latin America, is coming

•  From October 3 to 6 in Corferias, Bogotá. This expo is reinvented and every year innovates in its offers. In 2018, Café x 2 is an example, a meeting place for those coffee lovers who are not experts in the industry, but see the drink as a universe about which they can and want to learn more.
•  As it is tradition, the Colombian Barista Championship and the National Cup Tasters Championship are other important fair offerings.

August, 2018

No 33

The FNC presents new ecological coffee washing technology for small producers

• It enables to wash coffee with less than 0.7 liters of water per kg of dry parchment coffee. Ecomill® LH-300 preserves the features of the Ecomill® technology, developed by Cenicafé to reduce water use in wet processing.
• Ecomill® prevents 100% of pollution by reusing coffee wet processing wastewater.

August, 2018

No 33

The FNC urgently calls on the global industry and the government on falling coffee prices

The FNC Steering Committee urgently calls the global industry and the national government on falling coffee prices.

August, 2018

No 33

Colombian coffee production keeps 14-million-bag pace in last 12 months

• Despite decline in July, annual estimate is kept. In July, coffee exports exceeded one million 62,000 bags, 6.2% up from the one million bags exported in the same month of 2017.

July, 2018

No 33

Statement to the public opinion

The FNC Steering Committee and CEO make an urgent call to the new Government to deal with the difficult situation the coffee sector goes through.

July, 2018

No 33

Colombian coffee production rises 3.6% in June

Colombian coffee exports exceeded 906,000 bags, 4.3% down from the almost 947,000 bags exported in the same month of 2017.

June, 2018

No 33

Cooperatives of coffee farmers invest USD 14.3 million in social programs in 2017

·  With their 536 points of purchase, the cooperatives affiliated to the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC) are in charge of applying the purchase guarantee, the public good most valued by coffee growers.

June, 2018

No 33

Colombian coffee production rises 32% in May

• In the last 12 months, harvest exceeds 14.3 million bags. In the same month, Colombian coffee exports exceeded 961,000 60-kg bags, 15% up from the nearly 834,000 bags exported in May 2017.

May, 2018

No 33

FNC and USAID join efforts to promote specialty coffee and investment in production projects

• By signing a Memorandum of Understanding. The agreement also promotes production and transport infrastructure (tertiary roads) and associative strengthening for competitiveness and better living conditions of farmers in conflict-affected territories.

• This new agreement is part of the USAID Producers to Market Alliance Program whose goal is to build and strengthen sustainable value chains that include smallholder producers and help them connect to markets.

April, 2018

No 33

Manos al Agua receives Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Sustainability Award

• The project is implemented by the FNC as part of a public-private partnership.
• It recognizes innovative projects or business models to expand and promote coffee sustainability in the world.
• Manos al Agua is an innovative intervention project towards coffee river basins management with an emphasis on integrated water resources management, a replicable model for sustainable rural development in Colombia.
• “We receive this recognition on behalf of the Colombian coffee growers at a turning point. We are concluding the project,(…) with great results for the benefit of coffee growers’ profitability,” said Roberto Vélez, the FNC CEO.

April, 2018

No 33

World Coffee Producers Forum will become an organization

• Professor Jeffrey Sachs presented outline of the study “Economic and Policy Analysis for Improving Smallholder Coffee Producers’ Incomes” commissioned by the Forum.
• Coffee producers are concerned about devastating consequences of current international prices.
• The WCPF will work with the coffee industry to identify and implement actions to improve social and economic situation of farmers.
• The WCPF asked the International Coffee Organization (ICO) to coordinate initiatives that include increase of consumption in emerging markets and producing countries.

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