30 experts from different organizations held several workshops in the Embu and Nakuru counties to create a common understanding of the material currently used to train coffee farmers. This alignment will ensure better practices for coffee crops in Kenya, as well as increasing their productivity.
The Global Coffee Platform facilitated multiple sessions in Kenya as the Coffee Sustainable Platform in the country identified the need to align current documents promoting sustainable practices in coffee farming. This initiative was possible thanks to the constant support of the German Ministry of Development. According to George Watene, GCP Program Manager: “we need to provide the latest and best information and make it available to train farmers. The Platform’s objective consists on double their productivity, and this is a key component of that goal.”
The workshops gathered National and Governmental authorities, Producer organizations, NGOs and standards organization, whose collective hard work considered not only the perspectives from experts in coffee farming and sustainability, but also the lessons learned from previous experiences. As a result, a common manual will be shared through the Kenyan Coffee Platform, making use of the Platform’s multiplier factor to reach more Kenyan farmers.
The current work of the Kenyan Coffee Platform will be shared in Global Coffee Sustainability Conference 2018, taking place in Belo Horizonte – Brazil. The 8th of November at 11:00 a.m., the session “Creating Global Change through Local Action”, will feature Kenya as one of the successful examples of global collaboration. A deeper understanding of the Platform’s approach and challenges can be seen during the Action Local Forum, taking place the 9th of November. For more information visit the GCSC18 website.
If you want to get involved in the Coffee Platform in Kenya, contact George Watene