On initial request of four major coffee roasters, IDH brings farmers, roasters, brands, standard organizations and governments together in a global network to build on each others strength, align strategies, share best practices and pilot new methodologies to make coffee farming profitable, environmental friendly and climate resilient. By aligning forces and share learnings from pilots IDH can bring sustainable coffee production cost-effectively to scale, and improve the livelihoods of millions of coffee farmers worldwide.

Global public-private alignment is translated into national public-private platforms in the largest coffee producing countries. Producers, buyers, roasters governments and NGOs work here side by side to improve the sustainability of coffee farming. Like in Indonesia where coffee producers and governments rolled out a National Sustainability Curriculum, saving extension and training costs.

Next to global alignment, IDH prototypes field-level projects with individual coffee companies. Like in Vietnam where we tested and now roll out irrigation nets to save water and cut costs on fertilizer and pesticides use. Or pilot agro-forestry with companies and farmers in Indonesia and Brazil. We share the outcomes, insights and best practices with our national and international platforms. So more companies can adopt sustainable practices cost efficiently and sustainable production and trade will become the norm.

We build a strong governance structure, are changing the business practices and create field level impact through sector alignment, innovation, and local pilot projects. We believe collaboration at every level between producers, off takers and brands will drive and scale sustainability in the global supply chain. This offers means of meeting the rising global demand for coffee on a sustainable basis, and helping 4.3 million coffee producing families across the globe to become more resilient.

The Global Coffee Platform (the GCP)
IDH supports, with others, the Global Coffee Platform, a multi-stakeholder platform in which farmer cooperatives, roasters, brands, traders and civil society groups work together to create alignment and accelerate sustainability in the coffee sector. An integral part of the Global Coffee Platform are the National Coffee Platform structures, public/private forums for dialogue. These platfroms are located in coffee producing regions around the world, creating an environment in which common goals and visions are reached by both the public and private sector.

Vision 2020
To align with governmental bodies and others outside the GCP, Vision 2020 was established with the International Coffee Organization. Vision 2020 is an inclusive platform through which producing country government policies, visions and ideas can be shaped into action and implemented through the Global Coffee Platform.


Relevant SDGs

  • No Poverty
  • Zero Hunger
  • Good health and well-being
  • Gender equality
  • Clean water and sanitation
  • Responsible consumption and production
  • Life on land
  • Partnerships for the goals


Facts and Figures

  • Private-sector (sustainability) investments in the program (in million euro)

    Target 2017 5
    Results 2017 9.285039
  • Smallholders, workers and community members trained

    Target 2020 205.000
    Target 2017 45.000
    Results 2017 55.540



  • Global Coffee Platform

    Bringing together key stakeholders in coffee to accelerate sustainable change and improve the livelihoods of coffee farmers

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    Global Coffee Platform


Title Type Year
SDM case study: Simexco, Vietnam Case Study 2018
SDM Case Study: Ugacof & Grow More Seeds, Uganda Case Study 2018
SDM Case Study: Sangany, Madagascar Case Study 2018
Doubling coffee incomes of farmers in Uganda with cash and fertilizer advances Factsheet 2018
SDM Case Study: Exportadora de Café California, Mexico Case Study 2018

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