A forum organized by the Kenyan Coffee Platform gathered 115 key coffee stakeholders to encourage dialogue and promote sustainability solutions in the coffee sector.Jose Sette, Executive Director – International Coffee Organization (ICO), participated as keynote speaker and announced Kenya as the host of the 124th session of the International Coffee Council taking place in March 2019.
The event reflected the invitation to lead the discussion on pressing issues by the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation during the Platform’s launch in July.Jose Sette addressed 115 stakeholders present in the forum –including government, private sector and farmers– and highlighted the Memorandum of Understanding between ICO and the Global Coffee Platform as well as referring to the promising future of the Kenyan Platform after seeing the advantages of the National Coffee Platform in Brazil, which he has previously visited.
Source: Kenya CitizenTV
One of the contributions of the new Kenyan Platform, also known as “Sauti ya Kahawa”, consists on facilitating policy dialogue among stakeholders to discuss, act and share responsibility on issues that will improve the well-being of the farmer. The platform is therefore envisaged to serve as an inclusive, participatory forum that will facilitate the alignment of efforts so that they are all targeted at reaching the country’s goal of increasing productivity and quality to achieve ultimately enjoyable livelihoods for the coffee farmer. As the slogan reads Quality Coffee, Good livelihood “kahawa bora Maisha poa”.
The Kenya Coffee platform was formed in 2017 as the result of a coffee stakeholders’ meeting in the World Coffee Conference in Addis Ababa in 2016, where Kenyan stakeholders talked about the need to work together to tackle issues affecting Kenyan coffee, – resulting in a decline of production at levels below 30% of its potential–. The Kenya Coffee Platform is modelled along similar ones in Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Uganda, Honduras, Peru, Vietnam, and Tanzania.
The platform is grateful for the guidance given by the stakeholders including the Farmers and the Union and Association representing them, the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, the Council of Governors, the State Department of Cooperatives, coffee traders and marketers and Non-Government Organizations, who form part of the steering committee. Other key partners in these endeavors are the biggest buying country of Kenyan coffee for many years through the support by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). As well as sector partnership support by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Rainforest Alliance/UTZ program.