Brazil Working Group Meeting

This year’s second Brazil Working Group (BWG) meeting was hold at Incaper’s headquarters in Espírito Santo. 23 representatives of 18 different institutions advanced the discussions about the GCP Brazil sustainability indicators which were set during the first meeting. The goal is to measure and compare the producers’ evolution in economic, social and environmental fields, related to the CSC Fundamental Items. By using the same indicators in different regions, institutions, companies, etc. the results will be comparable to benchmark and support a continuous improvement process identifying more sustainable regions and institutions.

A summary of GCP Brazil activities and achievements was presented and a success case in the tobacco sector on safe use of agrochemicals and individual equipment for protection were used as example to discuss a similar project on coffee.

The third BWG meeting is scheduled to happen during the International Coffee Week in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, in late October.

The Digital Coffee Farmer Program on a field day in Minas Gerais

The Digital Coffee Farmer Program, a GCP partnership with Cecafé, together with Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung Foundation conducted a field day in Santo Antônio do Amparo, Minas Gerais. Around 130 coffee producers attended the event as part of the conclusion of the classes. Activities about harvesting and post-harvesting, fertilization, prevention and management of pests and diseases, preservation areas and climate issues were presented in field conditions.

Training Courses on the CSC

Comexim – Inconfidentes/MG
Comexim, GCP member in the South of Minas Gerais, held an Advanced Training on the CSC in partnership with the Federal Institute, in Inconfidentes. Among others, technicians and trainees could see in practice the condition of the soil under the coffee tree and compare it to the soil at the space between lines, in an exercise around a trench in the middle of the coffee field.

In the State of São Paulo, the School of Agriculture “Luiz de Queiroz” (ESALQ-USP) and SEBRAE (Brazilian Micro and Small Business Support Service) held other two Training Courses on the CSC and this way the GCP Brazil reached 1.600 technicians trained on the CSC.