Ramping up action on critical issues together
In 2020, GCP Collective Action Initiatives have ramped up for real impacts on the lives of coffee producing communities
Brought together by GCP, leading companies and organizations such have joined forces with local coffee stakeholders to leverage their resources and expertise in multi-year GCP Collective Action Initiatives. Working pre-competitively, the participants in these initiatives have helped drive urgent action on challenges identified by – and in collaboration with – local stakeholders. These public-private partnerships have already had real impacts on the lives of coffee producing communities, with more on the way. In addition, the lessons learnt will feed back into the sector for all to benefit.
GCP’s Collective Action Initiative ‘Responsible Use of Agro-Inputs for Coffee’ is now responding to challenges and opportunities regarding agro-inputs with a five-year initiative in Vietnam. The initiative’s objective is to improve the responsible use of agro-inputs in Vietnam’s coffee production through developing best practices based on research and by introducing alternatives. The initiative will thus share sustainable weed management practices in order to reduce environmental pollution, improve the well-being of farmers, reduce costs of production and meet regulatory requirements at coffee destination countries.
The initiative focuses on two complementary and related intervention levels:
Jacobs Douwe Egberts, Nestlé, Tchibo and The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), Lavazza, are the founding members of this GCP Collective Action Initiative. GCP is inviting and encouraging additional partners to contribute, learn and be part of improving coffee farming practices.
The Brazil Platform has rallied Members and partners to address pressing needs in two GCP Collective Action Initiatives.
The main goal of the Responsible Use of Agrochemicals in Brazil initiative is to improve practices of the Coffee Sustainability Curriculum related to agrochemical issues at farm level including improving use of personal protection equipment in all situations, training in agrochemical application and proper storage of agrochemicals by participating growers.
The GCP Collective Action Initiative on Social Well-Being, in close coordination with InPACTO and Cecafé, aims to to improve living and working conditions for coffee growers and workers, while promoting decent labor and generating continuous improvement in the coffee sector. This initiative will contribute to eliminate unacceptable social practices at farm-level, with a strong focus on education, creation of awareness, mapping and monitoring of working conditions in coffee areas, studies covering living income, and positive communications.
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