A National Coffee Platform has been launched in Kenya, signifying a major step in the country’s journey towards sustainable coffee.
Representing the diverse voices of the many stakeholders involved in the Kenyan coffee sector, the platform will serve as an inclusive, participatory forum to facilitate the alignment and collective action needed to achieve Kenya’s national goal of doubling productivity and the incomes of 700,000 farmers who rely on coffee as a source of livelihood.
By setting the national agenda and moving beyond fragmented project investments, the platform will also act as the knowledge point for global partners and any other organizations willing to work with actors along the value chain and collectively address the biggest challenges facing the Kenyan coffee sector.
Among others, these challenges include low productivity, limited access to inputs, credit and extension services, climate change, and low levels of involvement in the coffee sector among women and young people. All of this has resulted in a decline in production levels to less than 30% of the country’s potential.
The Global Coffee Platform (GCP), German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, New Rainforest Alliance/UTZ Sector Partnership Programme, Solidaridad East and Central Africa and the African Fine Coffees Association (AFCA) are working to support local stakeholders to establish a collaborative platform which drives public private dialogue and collective action on local priorities.
Some of the key activities in which the GCP and its partners will support the Kenyan Platform include a study which lays out concrete solutions to key bottlenecks and sustainability challenges, the development and harmonized roll-out of a National Sustainability Curriculum (NSC), the implementation of a monitoring system to measure NSC adoption and impact, as well as strengthened institutional capacity to improve government legislation and policy.
The Kenya Coffee Platform is modelled on those also supported by GCP in Brazil, Columbia, Indonesia, Uganda, Honduras, Peru, Vietnam, and Tanzania.