No 2

The Colombian Coffee Growers Federation Strengthens its Sustainable Coffee Programs

October, 2011

Sustainability that Matters

The Colombian Coffee Growers Federation Strengthens its Sustainable Coffee Programs

The organization continues its efforts to promote and support the development of coffee production programs with different standards of certification and verification. During 2011, a total of 83 sustainable programs have been consolidated, 16 more compared to the amount of programs that existed at the end of 2010.


Thus, the FNC is providing an opportunity for thousands of families to access the international markets that require these type of protocols, while adopting the different standards as a way of living and as a means to generate more value added.

Verification and certification protocols implemented by the FNC (figures as of June 2011).

It is worth noting that the market conditions, where the standard price for Colombian coffee has risen to historically high levels, have affected the ability to provide incentives to increase the size of the programs. However, aware of its long term vision, the FNC has continued its value-added program and has maintained the dedication of its Extension Service to these programs, with an increase of 5.8 percent in the number of farms participating in at least one of the sustainable initiatives throughout the country during 2011.

Programs like 4C and UTZ (under the project “Sustainable Colombian Coffee of Perija”) have had a significant increase during 2011. Other programs that are being developed with brands that support the generation of added value to coffee growers also report size increases so far for 2011.

During 2011, 83 sustainability programs have been consolidated, 16 more compared to the amount of programs that existed at the end of 2010.

 

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