GLOBAL COFFEEPLATFORM

The Global Coffee Platform and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (giz) signed an agreement to implement a project to support the developing Kenya coffee platform at the Global Coffee Sustainability Conference 2017.

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Annette Pensel, Katrin Resak and Karugu Macharia at the Global Coffee Sustainability Conference 2017.

BMZ through giz has provided a €400,000 grant to support the emerging Kenyan coffee platform as a public-private vehicle to address the priority needs of the Kenyan coffee sector, complementary to other actors and in an aligned way.

Key activities supported by the grant include:

Annette Pensel, the Executive Director of the Global Coffee Platform, says:

“This incipient platform is a hugely positive development for the Kenyan coffee sector to move forward in an inclusive collaboration and alignment. By supporting Sauti ya Kahawa we aim to mobilize the wide spectrum of Kenyan coffee actors to work collectively towards the common goal of a prosperous and sustainable sector, facilitated by robust public-private dialogue.”

Background:

This summer the Kenyan coffee industry endorsed the formation of the Kenya Coffee Platform. The platform, called “Sauti ya Kahawa” in Swahili, aims to increased sustainable productivity by bringing together all the major links of the coffee supply chain to discuss and implement initiatives.
Coffee production in Kenya has declined in recent years, due to a multitude of complex factors. To address these issues, the Africa Fine Coffee Association (AFCA), UTZ and Solidaridad East and Central Africa held consultations and support the forming of the collaborative platform.

The Global Coffee Platform, AFA Coffee Directorate and Commodities Fund are also incorporated into the technical committee and have proposed the composition of an all-inclusive steering committee with the mandate of overseeing the implementation of the platform work plan.

The Kenyan coffee sector: