GCP and SCOPI strengthen partnership towards shared farmer prosperity goal

GCP and the Sustainable Coffee Platform Indonesia (SCOPI) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to expand and scale up their partnership guided by the shared vision and goals for economically prosperous coffee farmers, climate-resilient coffee farms, and the production of sustainable coffee. The MoU was signed during a virtual ceremony which brought together representatives of both organizations including five SCOPI board members and members of the GCP Secretariat, on 5 March 2024.

SCOPI’s Executive Board Chairman, Richard Atmadja, expressed his excitement for the strengthening of the collaboration. “Together we have forged a partnership built in trust, mutual respect, and a shared vision for a better future. Today presents us with a unique opportunity to reflect on the progress that we have made together. This renewed MoU between SCOPI and GCP signifies our shared commitment to deepen our partnership and leverage our collective strength to tackle the pressing challenges that faces our industry.”

GCP has the goal of creating transformational change for one million coffee farmers in 10 countries by 2030. To achieve this goal, GCP’s strategy includes work at the country level by partnering with National Coffee Sustainability Platforms (“Country Platforms”) in key coffee-producing countries to advance farmer prosperity and coffee sustainability via entrepreneurial, innovative collective actions in the form of GCP Country Plans for Farmer Prosperity.

The MoU with SCOPI focuses on the implementation of this collective action in Indonesia: SCOPI coordinates the overall execution of the plan, supports data collection for monitoring and drives local fundraising; while GCP leads the joint fundraising work, secures data partners, and oversees monitoring and communication efforts, and manages the GCP Advisory Group to support execution and scaling.

Central to our shared vision is the belief that sustainability must be at the center of everything that we do. For SCOPI, this means redoubling our efforts to enhance the welfare of coffee farmers across the country. We recognize that the wellbeing of our farmers is not only essential for the sustainability of our industry, but it’s also a moral imperative.

Richard Atmadja, SCOPI’s Executive Board Chairman

Building on successes

GCP and SCOPI have carried out a successful partnership since the signing of the previous MoU in 2017. Together, the organizations have worked on improving the enabling environment for sustainable coffee in Indonesia via convening stakeholders in the sector and through the creation, roll-out and revision of the National Sustainability Curricula (NSC) for Robusta and Arabica, and related training materials.

SCOPI’s 2030 goal is to advance sustainable coffee to close 10% of the gap in living income for 126,000 smallholder coffee farmers. To achieve this, the organization focuses on three strategies:

1. improving coffee productivity and quality by offering complementary training (with new modules on agroforestry and financial management),

2. promoting the responsible use of agrochemicals on coffee farms, and

3. further improving the enabling environment for sustainable coffee via strengthening SCOPI’s capacity to convene the sector for collective action work, stakeholder alignment, advocacy, and engagement.

“There is a lot of work ahead of us. Our strengthened partnership allows us to address the challenges that come our way and to find practical solutions. With the foundations built and the great teamwork under the leadership of SCOPI’s Executive Board and Executive Director, as well as the buy-in of GCP Members and strategic partners, I am convinced that this innovative model of co-investments for collective action can bring measurable results and positive impact to many smallholder coffee farmers in the Indonesian coffee sector,” concluded GCP’s Executive Director, Annette Pensel.

GCP’s Executive Director, Annette Pensel, and Program Manager Countries and Partnerships, Lauren Weiss, were joined by members of SCOPI’s team and board.

Ade Aryani

Executive Director, SCOPIemail me