The Country Platform in Brazil continues its activities around the most important events in the country by participating in workshops and coffee fairs while aiming to communicate the inspiring work from the Platform and its members.
GCP Brazil, participated in the “Mesa de Café Brasil” workshop promoted by the National Institute for Eradication of Slave Labor (InPACTO) and the Labour International Organization (ILO) to discuss and raise awareness about human rights and the importance of making coffee a reference in sustainability, transparency and decent labor conditions.
The initiative gathered key organizations of the coffee sector – sustainability standards, associations, government, civil society, media and national institutions that foment decent labor – to address issues like coffee sustainability, decent labor and good agricultural practices. Mesa de Café Brasil was created in 2017 by InPACTO and the American Catholic Relief Services (CRS), in which GCP Brazil has been an active participant.
The GCP Brazil Program promoted the Coffee Sustainability Curriculum (CSC) –didactically represented in the “small farm model”– and the CSC Fundamental Items Implementation Manual as tools to demystify sustainability and encourage good agricultural practices among growers at two relevant Brazilian coffee events and GCP members: FEMAGRI and FECOM.
At Cooxupé’s FEMAGRI, the cooperative came up with a practical model of sustainable production that allows producers to interact and learn about new ways of improving plantation performance. Visitors could analyze their input needs, compare offers and make business at the same place. At least 37.000 people attended the event in Guaxupé, Minas Gerais, on February 21-23, 2018.
Cocatrel and Minasul cooperatives proposed cooperation among growers to increase productivity and strengthen the chain at FECOM fair in Três Pontas, Minas Gerais, on March 6-8. The GCP Brazil team was there to raise awareness about good agricultural practices and disseminate the CSC content. Not only producers but also students participated and learned about important issues in coffee farming, such as sustainability and technology. Cocatrel and Minasul also offered great businesses opportunities to their 11,000 associates during the event.
The successful presence of the Brazilian Program in these activities is highly important to reach out farmers and strategic partners who will multiply its impact and spread the word regarding the common sustainability journey the coffee sector is leading.
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