IDH is committed to finding ways in which the increasing world demand for coffee can be met sustainably. We foster global multi-stakeholder alignment on key sustainability issues, and seek to embed socially and environmentally friendly production techniques into the coffee supply chain.

IDH convenes a multi-stakeholder platform across the coffee sector, bringing together a range of industry players in a pre-competitive environment. This is a global partnership model that has the potential to bring sustainable coffee production to scale, and to improve the livelihoods of millions of coffee farmers worldwide.

Working alongside partners from industry and trade, from governments, NGOs and standard-setting organizations across the sector, we promote an approach that is both collaborative and bottom-up. We focus on applying local experience gained from field-level projects to the whole global sector – aiming to create a favorable environment for all key players, and to align investments in producer support programs.

This emphasis on sector alignment, innovation, and local knowledge is reflected in our broad public-private partnership agenda. We believe that collaboration at every level offers the best means of embedding socially and environmentally friendly practices into the global supply chain. This in turn offers the best 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


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  • 28 Mar 2018

    Access to finance and gender equality for coffee farmers in Tanzania

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  • 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
Driving Innovations in Smallholder Engagement Report 2017
The Smallholder Innovation Platform in 4 pages Factsheet 2017
Transforming Agriculture by Linking Technical Assistance to Blended Finance for Agriculture: Trends and Lessons from Africa Study 2017
Shared Learning from Field Level Projects in Vietnam Report 2017
Shared Learning from Field Level Projects in Indonesia Report 2017

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