IDH convenes a multi-stakeholder platform across the coffee sector, bringing together a range of industry players in a precompetitive 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.
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IDH and coffee companies have been supporting coffee farmers in the Central Highlands region of Vietnam to become climate change resilient, cost efficient, and reduce their carbon footprint. Through its landscape program in Vietnam, IDH, together with ACOM, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Olam Vietnam Ltd, SIMEXCO as well as JDE Coffee and Lavazza, has invested in farmer training projects including Farmer Field Book.
Funds will be channeled through the Vietnam Sustainable Agriculture Transformation (VnSAT) plan, to coffee companies in Lam Dong and Daklak province. These pilot investments will be used to set up and improve cooperatives based on existing farmer groups. Smallholder farmers will be trained in sustainable production practices, using the National Sustainability Curriculum (NSC), and have improved market linkages through credible farmer organizations.
Huynh Tien Dung, former Team Leader of Sustainable Landscapes Component, VFD for SNV in Vietnam has been appointed as IDH Vietnam Country Director. In this capacity he succeeds Flavio Corsin who is currently the Aquaculture Director and HR manager at IDH HQ in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Bringing together key stakeholders in coffee to accelerate sustainable change and improve the livelihoods of coffee farmers
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Coffee: Helping 4.3 million coffee producing families become more resilient by 2020