The Global Coffee Platform (GCP) and Hivos, in its role as the SAFE Platform manager, have agreed to work together to address some of the main sustainability issues in Latin American coffee producing countries.
A letter of intent between them defines the extent of their collaboration for an initial period until 2020 and identifies the SAFE Platform, with its regional co-funding portfolio, as attractive mechanism to support GCP’s work with National Country Platforms and to involve more GCP members in local action in Latin America. The aim of the action would be to benefit coffee farming families, increase productivity and profitability, promote best practice and disseminate knowledge and information regarding coffee sustainability.
“One of the Coffee Barometer’s main findings is that the creation of multiple stakeholder initiatives within the coffee sector has been on the increase,” said Juan Pablo Solís, who manages SAFE. “This positive trend brings actors together across the chain, but the challenge lies in finding ways for platforms to align goals, overcome fragmentation and increase impact. That’s why this collaboration with the GCP will aid in the transformation of a more sustainable coffee sector in Latin America by bringing in new stakeholders and methods of engagement and allowing for cross-cutting investment and innovation.”
Annette Pensel, GCP’s Executive Director, said collective work with the SAFE Platform will help scale up investment in sustainability in the region. “GCP members want to invest in coffee sustainability in the most effective way to benefit farmers and the coffee business in Latin America. Our agreement with Hivos and the SAFE Platform will lead to more collaboration and investment, something the coffee sector needs urgently to address the current issues threatening our industry.”
The agreement will also look for opportunities to collectively raise funds for National Coffee Platforms in producing countries, with an emphasis on the economic viability of the coffee sector, climate change, gender equity, generational takeover, access to finance, and the inclusion of smallholder farmers in sustainable agricultural value chains in Latin America.