Sustainability that Matters

May, 2018

No 33

FNC receives Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Standard-Setters Award

• At the organization’s Annual Spring Gala. This important award recognizes companies who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to sustainability, improving livelihoods, and conserving forests all around the world.
• It joins other recent sustainability recognitions to the FNC, such as the 2018 Leadership Medal of Merit by the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) and the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Award to the Manos al Agua Project.

April, 2018

No 33

CQI awards its 2018 Leadership Medal of Merit to the FNC

• It honors its commitment of over 90 years to improving farmers’ livelihoods, fostering sustainability and increasing coffee quality, helping to strengthen the Colombian coffee sector as a whole.

• The recognition comes at a crucial time, when the FNC redoubles efforts to increase sustainability of coffee farmers not only in Colombia, but in the world, with an approach of shared responsibility of all actors in the chain, said Roberto Vélez, the FNC CEO.

January, 2018

No 33

Ecosia search engine will help plant 360,000 native trees in Cauca coffee areas

• With an integrated initiative for an ecologically sustainable coffee farming, the FNC - through the Cauca Coffee Growers Committee -, the collective Pur Projet and the search engine Ecosia will plant 360,000 native trees among coffee crops in Cauca.

• The search engine Ecosia, which uses 80% of its profits from ad revenue to plant trees, makes its first investment in Colombia, and thanks to the efforts of the Coffee Growers Committee, Cauca was the chosen department.

• The project covers 1,200 hectares of coffee with organic management and planting of native trees, which will help preserve the environment, mitigate effects of climate change, and generate additional income for 2,000 coffee farmers.

June, 2017

No 33

Third stage of Pur Projet starts in Nariño

This agroforestry program contributes to economic, social and environmental sustainability of Colombian coffee farming and to carbon capture at a global scale; about 330,000 native trees have been planted so far in the country.

May, 2017

No 33

Manos al Agua-IWM wins the Planeta Azul Award in the business category

· The Program is implemented by the FNC with the support of strategic partners, including the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), APC Colombia, the companies Nestlé, Nescafé, and Nespresso, the Wageningen UR and Cenicafé as founding partners.

· During five years and with an integrated approach based on the river basin, the Program seeks to create resilient territories and improve water quantity and quality in 25 coffee municipalities of five departments of Colombia (Antioquia, Caldas, Valle del Cauca, Cauca and Nariño).

December, 2016

Café de Colombia aims at being 100% sustainable by 2027

Although the goal is ambitious, Café de Colombia has significantly advanced to manage to be 100% sustainable in 2027, as the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC) plans for its 100th anniversary.

October, 2016

Nro 32

Colombia is the Greatest Unexplored Specialty Coffee Frontier.- FNC CEO

As a frontrunner in the global industry in terms of differentiation and single origin

“Colombia is the greatest unexplored specialty coffee frontier. No other country has this specialty coffee diversity and richness.” With these words, Roberto Vélez, CEO of the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC), formally inaugurated the 9th edition of ExpoEspeciales Café de Colombia.

August, 2016

No 31

Life stories of ‘Heroes of Coffee Farming’

These awards extend to each and every coffee farmer and other key chain actors that have contributed to ennoble coffee farming not only of Cauca, but of Colombia.

May, 2016

No 30

Redesign of Juan Valdez® Flagship Store Highlights Indigenous Farmers of Sierra Nevada

Such strategies help increase visibility of the coffee produced in this region of northern Colombia and those behind its careful cultivation, strengthening connection between consumers and origin.

March, 2016

No 29

‘Manos al Agua’ Promotes a Cultural Change in Care of Water in Colombia

Colombian coffee growers have sought for long a coffee farming environmentally more sustainable, but in situations such as the current El Niño event, the FNC’s large programs such as ‘Manos al Agua’ (Hands to Water) become more relevant.

December, 2015

No 28

Agro-Climatic Coffee Platform Helps Producers Deal with El Niño

Through the publication of monthly agro-meteorological bulletins, the Agro-climatic Coffee Platform has helped producers follow closely the main effects of El Niño and take into account some recommendations.

September, 2015

No 27

The FNC Extension Service, a Strength of Coffee Growers vs. other Agricultural Sectors

The scope of the Extension Service of the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation very favorably contrasts with national averages measured by the National Agricultural Census, whose findings were recently published by the DANE.

July, 2015

No 26

Colombian Coffee Helps Preserve the Canada Warbler, a Symbolic Migratory Bird

The flagship brand of the Colombian coffee growers launched a new edition of coffee that will help raise awareness and preserve this species of migratory bird, which has found refuge in Colombia during the boreal winter.

June, 2015

No 25

Colombia to Host the IV International Convention of Coffee-Growing Women

In next October, within the framework of the International Specialty Coffee Fair (ExpoEspeciales 2015), the IV Convention of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA): “Coffee & Trade Beyond Barriers” will be held in Bogotá

May, 2015

No 24

FNC Makes New Sale of Carbon Credits

The Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC) sold certificates for the capture of 983 tons of carbon, which will benefit 116 coffee-growing families in six municipalities of Quindío, so they can continue working for a climatically smart coffee sector and contributing to care of biodiversity.

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