Global Coffee Platform Broadly Outlines Farmer Income Potential in 11 Producing Countries

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A newly released study from the multi-stakeholder Global Coffee Platform provides a broad outline for improving farmer incomes throughout the global coffee sector  through yield improvements, quality improvements, training, and empowering women farmers, among other opportunities.

The study, described by the group as a “scan” of the current and potential conditions in 11 key coffee-producing countries, was conducted in partnership with Technoserve, and the results aim to identify opportunities and provide benchmarks for improved farm profitability and supply chain efficiency.

It takes wide snapshots of the coffee sector, describing the dominant farmer type and outlining a broad view of the supply chain in each country, while highlighting country-level opportunities for increased farmer profitability. Reports for each of the countries examined — including Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia, Honduras, Indonesia, Kenya, Nicaragua, Peru, Tanzania, Uganda and Vietnam — can be found here.

“This scan is intended to initiate conversations between coffee origins, rather than to be an exhaustive study of farmer economics,” the study reads in a section noting the limited methodology.

Similarly, in outlining “next steps,” the group notes a number of areas in which credible, usable data is missing. “There is a wide disparity of knowledge of basic production indicators, even within origins,” the study reads. “Access to reliable production benchmarking data on indicators such as yield, price and costs is essential to enable industry stakeholders to make evidence-based decisions.”

Click here for access to the full report, but here’s more directly from the GCP on four key areas in which farmer incomes could be improved in the context of the global coffee sector:

Yields

  • Yields could be increased (from 10% in Vietnam to 100% in Peru) over the next five years by improving agronomy practices (e.g….

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