Updated report on IDH’s landscapes programme (ISLA) reveals a variety of unique insights

As part of IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative’s ISLA landscapes programme, which involves a number of other GCP Members, 300 coffee farmers in Vietnam’s Central Highlands (150 in Lam Dong and 150 in Dak Lak) have maintained comprehensive records of their coffee farming activities for the past three years. The insights distilled from this data are presented in a new Farmer Field Book.

Some of the findings in the report include:

  • Farmers’ environmental performance has improved, and the gender wage gap has been reduced;
  • Labor use efficiency and optimization of investment has been able to somewhat offset the coffee price decline, but not completely: sadly, the share of farmers living in extreme poverty has increased;
  • Nutrient efficiency has improved but can be further optimized to improve productivity and avoid soil nutrient depletion;
  • The farmer’s education level, hours spent pruning coffee trees and potassium application correlate positively with yield rates.
  • A deep-dive into the current and historical situation around the use of glyphosate-based herbicides

This report was compiled by Agri-Logic, also a GCP Member, for the ISLA landscape program in Vietnam.