Scale up collaboration – GCP’s top picks for 2019

Recent developments in the industry have created an imperious need to become more strategic and impactful when it comes to coffee and its sustainability. Cooperation is key to scale up efforts and achieve better results. Therefore, GCP is increasing collaboration and using synergies across the sector to focus on what matters most. We invite you to reach out to us if you are interested in collaboration. Stay tuned to find out what is possible through partnerships in 2019.

Stronger partnerships lead to meaningful sustainable impact

Global Coffee Platform’s partnerships have been gradually increasing over the last two years, this has been possible due to the results seen in the National Coffee Platforms and their vision to become coffee sustainability enablers in each coffee producing country.

Announced during the GCSC18 in Brazil, the five years partnership with Rainforest Alliance will focus on supporting ‘National Platforms’ in coffee producing countries, as well as to identify opportunities at country level and tackle local priorities. On more recent events, the Letter of Intent signed with the Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation (Hivos) and GCP identified the SAFE Platform with its regional co-funding portfolio as an attractive mechanism to support GCP’s work with National Country Platforms and to involve more GCP Members in concrete local actions in Latin America to benefit coffee farming families, increase productivity and profitability, promote best practices and disseminate state-of-the-art knowledge and information regarding coffee sustainability.

At the global level, the partnership with ICO has led both institutions to coordinate different activities together towards a meaningful contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals. 25th – 29th of March, the 124th Session of the ICO will be hosted in Nairobi, Kenya. In this context, ICO and GCP, together with the Kenya as host country will offer a Sustainability Seminar on March 25th. This will provide an excellent opportunity for the international audience to learn more about Kenya’s new Coffee Platform and concrete activities underway to support coffee farmers. GCP’s support to the Kenyan platform has been made possible through the Talking about Kenya, the current partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit – GIZ (on behalf of the BMZ) led to the launch of a new National Platform based in Nairobi. Both parties currently discuss on plans to increase impact in the country in the upcoming months.

Finally, the long-lasting partnership with IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative has been key for GCP to strengthen the National Platforms’ development and intensify local action activities in coffee producing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. GCP’s partnership with and support of IDH has been and will be vital to further enable the coffee sector on its sustainability journey.

Being a GCP Member is more relevant than ever

By working with private and public organizations around the world, the Global Coffee Platform seeks to improve the business environment for sustainable coffee production. GCP Members benefit from this endeavour, which includes continuous opportunities to learn, co-invest and make their voices heard wherever coffee sustainability is discussed and translated into concrete local action.

If you are a GCP Member, make sure to save the date in your calendar for the Membership Assembly next 8th of October in Basel, Switzerland.

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