The Sustainable Coffee Program is a mainstream public/private consortium supported by IDH, major coffee industry representatives, trade and export partners, civil society organizations, governments and standard setting organizations.
As one of the world’s most loved beverages, year on year global coffee consumption has grown steadily - particularly in emerging markets. At the same time, production has suffered from under-investment, poor production practices and adverse climatic conditions. As a result, production has remained below demand. In recent years, leading coffee roasters and national coffee associations have made serious commitments to increase sustainable sourcing. The Sustainable Coffee Program (SCP) will foster these ambitions and help support millions of farmers in the development of a sustainable coffee production system.
The ambition of the consortium is to drive sustainable green coffee sales from 8% to 25% by 2015. Through an innovative collaboration between stakeholders, and by aligning efforts, knowledge, standards and financial instruments, country specific approaches are developed to aid over 4 million coffee farmers in becoming more resilient, and to implement social and environmentally friendly coffee farming techniques. This will increase yield quality and quantity, and will also increase sustainable land use, helping to reduce poverty and protect the environment. The SCP is open and welcoming new members.
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For more information
Contact: Jenny Kwan, IDH Senior Program Manager Coffee
+31 30 2305660