USAID, Global Coffee Platform Launch 2021-2022 Sustainable Coffee Dialogues

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September 9, 2021 (BANGKOK) – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Green Invest Asia project has partnered with the Global Coffee Platform (GCP) to run a six-part dialogue series that aims to increase industry collaboration to decarbonize coffee production. The ‘Sustainable Coffee Dialogue’ series will feature input from key industry players including Nestlé, JDE Peet’s, Tchibo, Lavazza, NKG, Simexco, LDC, ACOM and Sucden Coffee, among others. Each session will focus on proven, and profitable, ways for the coffee industry to fight climate change, including through low-carbon sourcing.

“Companies clearly recognize the urgency to improve their sourcing to sate global demand – without harming the land and surrounding communities,” said Christy Owen, head of USAID Green Invest Asia. “But these top-level commitments must wind their way through fragmented supply chains. As environmental pressures increase, climate-resilient commodities become a must, rather than a niche product. We have successfully facilitated other industry collaborations and look forward to supporting the coffee sector,” said Owen.

Climate-smart coffee?

In the period of 2017-2020, over 9.5 billion kg of coffee was produced globally annually, with a total trade value of near US$31 billion. Out of that, the total sustainable coffee purchased by JDE Peet’s, Melitta Group, Nestlé, Strauss Coffee, SUPRACAFÉ and Tesco in 2019 and 2020 were 789,315 metric tons and 983,347 metric tons respectively, according to GCP.

Global coffee demand is expected to triple production by 2050, raising pressure on forests and other habitats in the tropical regions it is grown as farmers look for new land to till. Changing how coffee is grown can slash carbon emissions up to 77 percent, based on a UK study earlier this year, while  a USAID-funded study found that climate-smart cultivation could lead to carbon-neutral, or even carbon-negative coffee, where more carbon is trapped than released in coffee production.

“Coffee is a positive engine for the economic and social development of the more than 50 countries that export it and makes an important contribution to the environment as a productive forest,” said Pensel. “There is so much potential and opportunity for reducing carbon in coffee production, but more collaboration is needed.”

After the introductory meeting on October 06, 2021, more coffee dialogues are scheduled for November 24, and in 2022, on January 26, March 30, May 25, July 27 and September 28. Updates about each session’s topic and speakers will be posted closer to the events at greeninvestasia.com and globalcoffeeplatform.org. Please contact Ronnarit Chaiyosaeng at [email protected] for more information. To join the introductory session to learn more and influence the content of upcoming sessions, please register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PEE1V6sxQ_66DFTpYcchNA

About the organizers

 USAID Green Invest Asia partners with agriculture, forestry, and other land use companies in Southeast Asia with proven business models, profit potential, and a demonstrated commitment to environmental and social stewardship. The project provides capital matchmaking, technical and business advisory services, access to financing with preferential terms and/or transaction support, including investment-readiness counsel to help scale business models that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions. USAID Green Invest Asia also works with businesses seeking to “green” their supply chains to improve sourcing and facilitates industry initiatives to achieve sector-wide change.

 Global Coffee Platform is a multi-stakeholder membership association of coffee producers, trade, roasters, retailers, sustainability standards and civil society, governments and donors, united under a common vision to work collectively towards a thriving, sustainable coffee sector for generations to come. GCP Members believe that sustainability is a shared responsibility and seeks to enhance farmers’ prosperity with profitability of coffee production, improved livelihoods and well-being, and conservation of nature.


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