After listening to producers, governments, NGOs and the coffee value chain GCP identified three key threats to the coffee sector: climate change, economic insecurity and lack of inclusion for women and young people. 

Therefore we developed three thematic work-streams to tackle these issues: Climate Smart Agriculture, Economic Viability of Farming and Gender & Youth. 

Collective Action Networks channel efforts where they have the most impact, and avoid waste and duplication so that the whole sector can learn and accelerate change together.  

Climate Smart Agriculture 

Climate change is putting coffee production and the livelihoods of coffee farmers and their families around the world at risk. Changes in temperature and rainfall, as well as extreme weather events directly impact coffee quality and productivity levels. Additionally, global warming favors the proliferation of certain coffee diseases and pests which also contribute to lower crop yield and threatening the livelihood of coffee growing families.

Climate Smart Agriculture focuses on 3 core objectives:

  1. Sustainably increase agricultural productivity and incomes.
  2. Adapt and build resilience of agriculture and food systems to climate change.
  3. Reduce and/or remove greenhouse gas emissions, where appropriate.

For more information, please contact Caroline Glowka

Economic Viability of Farming

This topic is a fundamental topic for the coffee sector, it was the main topic during the ICO week mid-September, where a one-day forum on Coffee Sector Finance discussed different perspectives and elements related to the topic involving thought leaders from public, private, NGO and research side. GCP is responding to a real issue in the coffee world, so this is not about a theoretical concept or idea but real, and needs to be translated into practical action. 

For more information, please contact Juan Isaza

Gender & Youth

Globally, developed and developing countries stand to gain by supporting gender equity. A 2014 report by McKinsey calculates that if men and women were to play identical roles in the labor markets, global GDP would increase by 26 percent by 2025. What would that would mean for the coffee sector? How can we create a value chain that eliminates gender inequalities and creates benefits for all those involved? What would it take to catalyze action around gender equity? 

For more information, please contact Caroline Glowka