The fourth instalment of the Sustainable Coffee Dialogue, hosted by GCP and USAID Green Investment Asia, took place on 28 April, bringing together voices from across the coffee value chain to discuss digital solutions to low-carbon production.
This webinar focused on sharing knowledge and fostering a better understanding of how technology facilitates carbon accounting and monitoring in support of a transformative nature positive coffee sector. More than 100 participants gathered virtually to hear from speakers that included GCP members like 4C Services, Agrilogic, IDH, Nestlé and ofi, share their experiences with farm-based technology and other tools like the Cool Farm tool and remote sensing.
Moderated by GCP Director of Programs and Corporate Partnerships, Gelkha Buitrago, participants and panelists agreed that while there are many technologies available, there is still room for the improvement of tools, and alignment of methodologies in general and for smallholders to access these technologies.
The need to combine any technology with ‘the boots on the ground’ was a repeated mantra during the discussion. For panel moderator and GCP Country Program Manager Kenya, George Watene, this highlights the importance of combining technology with ground support to ensure impact at farm level.
The next webinar in this series will be in June 2022 and will focus on low-carbon coffee production basics and greenhouse gas and carbon accounting methodologies approaches.
The series, which started in October last year brings coffee stakeholders together to explore how the coffee industry can achieve climate commitments through sustainable land use, and other climate-smart interventions to scale low-emission coffee production.
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USAID Green Invest Asia partners with agriculture, forestry, and other land use companies in Southeast Asia with proven business models, profit potential, and a demonstrated commitment to environmental and social stewardship. The project provides capital matchmaking, technical and business advisory services, access to financing with preferential terms and/or transaction support, including investment-readiness counsel to help scale business models that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions. USAID Green Invest Asia also works with businesses seeking to “green” their supply chains to improve sourcing and facilitates industry initiatives to achieve sector-wide change.
Global Coffee Platform (GCP) is a unique multi-stakeholder membership association of coffee producers, traders, roasters and retailers, civil society, governments, and donors, united under a common vision to work collectively towards a thriving, sustainable coffee sector for generations to come. GCP Members believe that sustainability is a shared responsibility and collectively seek to address the most critical sustainability challenges to enhance farmers’ economic prosperity, improve well-being, and conserve nature.
GCP does this by convening and aligning relevant coffee stakeholders to advance sustainability, act on local issues, and scale successful sustainability initiatives across the sector. With its members and the GCP Network of Country Platforms in coffee producing countries, including in Vietnam and Indonesia, GCP works on increasing demand and supply of sustainably produced coffee in order to foster origin diversity and the viability of the coffee sector.