What's Happening

August, 2018

No 33

The FNC urgently calls 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

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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.

April, 2018

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Colombian coffee production rises 2% in March

• In the last 12 months (April 2017-March 2018) exports reached almost 12.8 million bags, a 2% reduction compared with the over 13 million bags exported in the same previous period.

March, 2018

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With rust-resistant varieties, Colombian coffee growers save over $200 million a year

• This value is represented by the costs associated with coffee rust control, including fungicides, labor and equipment costs. The saving contributes to profitability of producers.
• In Colombia there are 698,000 coffee hectares (77% of the total area) planted with rust-resistant varieties, which have also shown resistance to the Coffee Berry Disease (CBD), which fortunately has not arrived in the country.

February, 2018

No 33

Colombian coffee production falls 2% in the last 12 months

·  Between February 2017 and January2018, exports reached 13 million bags, 1% up from the 12.9 million bags exported in the same previous period.

January, 2018

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FNC delivers premium to ‘Colombia’s most exotic coffee’

This coffee is produced in Buenavista, Quindío, and at the auction of the 2nd National Coffee Quality Competition “Colombia, Land of Diversity,” held in 2017, a buyer paid 31 dollars per pound for it.

January, 2018

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Colombian coffee production closes at 14.2 million bags

• Coffee production in December increased 18% compared to the same month in 2016.
• Coffee exports increased 2% in 2017.

December, 2017

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Major advances in assisted coffee harvesting in Colombia

• The institutional work led by the Technical Division, including Cenicafé (the R&D arm of the FNC), is aimed to optimize harvesting, reduce labor costs, and continue shielding coffee crops from diseases.

December, 2017

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‘Colombia must keep its global share as a coffee-producing country’

• This requires raising productivity at levels of 21 coffee bags per hectare, said Roberto Vélez within the framework of the 85th National Coffee Growers Congress.

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