Platform Stats


28 Mio

total green coffee exports
(60kg bags)



sustainable sales
of total green coffee exports

Compare Coffeebeans

5 / 95

robusta vs. arabica
percentage of green coffee exports

Group Of Farmers


number of
smallholder farmers


About the Platform

The National Advisory Board  and Brazil Working Group

In Brazil, two advisory boards (NAB and BWG) focus on increasing awareness and action on sustainability within the existing bodies and institutions governing the Brazilian coffee sector.

Launched in 2013 and 2014 respectively, the BWG and NAB act in an advisory capacity. Their main objective is to make sustainability a priority for the Brazilian coffee business at all levels.

Secretariat: P&A

NAB Members

  • Private sector institutions: National Coffee Council (CNC), National Agriculture Confederation (CNA), Brazilian Coffee Exporters Council (CeCafé), Brazilian Coffee Industry Association (ABIC), and Brazilian Soluble Coffee Industry Association (ABICS)
  • Public sector: Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food Supply (MAPA)
  • Private sector companies: Nestlé, Jacobs Douwe Egbert (JDE), Tchibo, Olam

BWG members

  • State extension services: Empresa de Assistencia Tecnica e Extensao Rural de Minas Gerais (EMATER-MG), Instituto Capixaba de Pesquisa, Assistência Técnica e Extensão Rural (Incaper ES), Coordenadoria de Assistencia Tecnica Integral (CATI-SP), EMATER-PR and EMATER-RO.
  • Federal training services: SENAR and SEBRAE
  • Sustainability standards (international and local)
  • International roasters (ad hoc technical representatives) 
  • NAB technical representatives (ad hoc technical representatives)


Definition and Validation of the 18 CSC Fundamental Items: 24 institutions were involved in the discussion to define the 18 fundamental items of the CSC. This will allow producers to focus on priority areas first. (CSC: Currículo de Sustentabilidade do Café – Brazil’s NSC)

1,300 technicians were trained in how to deliver training on the National Sustainability Curriculum (Currículo de Sustentabilidade do Café) in 2016. These technicians have the potential to reach 80,000 to 100,000 producers, and training involved 62 partners including extension services, coops, associations, traders, companies, educational centres.

Rolling out the Digital Farmer Program to train farmers. 1460 producers participated in the ‘digital labs’.

The Brazilian National Advisory Board (NAB) and Brazil Working Group (BWG) have led a wide partnership and engagement process with extension services, associations and public institutions besides to drive alignment and cooperation.

Methodology developed to move extension services from a one-to-one to a group approach to reach more coffee growers with the same budget.

Next Steps

The Brazilian Country Platform is working on the following priorities:

Definition of Sustainability Indicators based on CSC’s Fundamental Items and development of an App for mobile phones to evaluate such indicators

National Platform: Institutionalization and local ownership of the NAB and the BWG

Membership Engagement

Rollout and Institutionalization of the National Sustainability Curriculum (CSC)

Training technicians and coffee growers on CSC practices

Effective extension service delivery

Gender and Youth

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