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First World Coffee Producers Forum to be live-streamed in four languages

June, 2017

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First World Coffee Producers Forum to be live-streamed in four languages

• Registrations are closed given the great response to the event, in which farmers and key players of the coffee industry from over 45 countries will address sustainability challenges of the value chain with a co-responsibility approach.

Bogota, June 28, 2017 (FNC Press Office) - Given the great response so far, the First World Coffee Producers Forum, to be held in Medellin, Colombia, from July 10 to 12, has closed registrations, but those interested in the event will be able to follow its real-time transmissions (streaming) in four languages.

This channel will be available on the website of the Forum (, which will feature the recognized expert and leader in sustainable development Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs as keynote speaker.

The Executive Director of the International Coffee Organization (ICO), José Sette; the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, and the CEO of the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC), Roberto Velez, will also take part in the opening ceremony, along with representatives of African, Asian and Latin American coffee producers.
The First World Coffee Producers Forum will address challenges that could prevent the coffee value chain from being sustainable in the future, such as more equitable distribution of income with an approach of co-responsibility of all stakeholders.

Challenges that are common to all coffee-producing countries and to sustainability of the industry as a whole are producers’ income, rural development, socio-economic indicators, climate change adaptation, productivity, price volatility, generational integration, and labor.

Thematic working groups and panels will analyze challenges of coffee production and trading and make recommendations on how to deal with them.

Other figures of international stature invited to the forum as moderators or speakers are Ric Rhinehart, Executive Director and CEO of the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA); Fred Kawuma, Secretary General of the Inter-African Coffee Organization (IACO); Silas Brasileiro, Executive President of Brazil’s National Coffee Council (NCC), and Annette Pensel, Executive Director of the Global Coffee Platform.

In addition, representatives of multinational companies such as Starbucks (Chris von Zastrow), Nestlé (Marcelo Burity), and illycaffè (Andrea Illy) will take part as speakers or panelists.

During the whole event, attendees will be able to taste coffees from all the producing countries participating in the forum. They will also have the opportunity to make a two-day trip to the central Colombian coffee region.

About the FNC
Created in 1927, the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC) represents over 550,000 Colombian coffee growers. With a vision of economic, social and environmental sustainability, its mission is to work for the welfare of producers and their families. It provides public goods and services and develops specific programs and strategies that help them climb the value chain and improve their quality of life.

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