In 2012 the DE Foundation commissioned and co-funded an impact study to investigate the effects of training and UTZ certification on coffee farmers in Vietnam. We announced it in a previous highlight ‘‘certification the driver, training the engine?”.
UTZ Certified and the DE Foundation join forces to increase the resilience of coffee production systems
The current epidemic of coffee leaf rust affecting several countries in Central America with 53% incidence is the worst seen since this disease appeared in the region in 1976. According to ICO, it is estimated that there will be a loss of approximately 437,000 jobs in rural areas for the 2012/13 crop and even more for the 2013/14 crop; 2.5 million bags of the region's coffee production have already been lost, and this will bring about a systematic reduction in the region's production as from coffee year 2013/14.
A final evaluation on the project "Colombia Cafetera Sostenible: Asociación Público Privada para la convivencia pacífica y el desarrollo sostenible en la zona rural cafetera de la Serranía del Perijá" in Colombia, has been implemented by Centro de Estudios Regionales Cafeteros y Empresariales (CRECE) in 2012. Significant improvements were found in the project farmers' social situation.
The zero-loss policy introduced by RIAS (the Rabo International Advisory Service) is proving to work for Lam Vien cooperative.
The Best Farm Competition was held on 2nd November 2012, in the North West Region of Cameroon as part of the coffee event organized within the framework of the Project: "Promotion of Sustainable Arabica Production in North West Region"
Our colleague Mr Daniel Gerber from Sogimex S.A. (part of Ecom Agroindustrial Corporation Ltd.) looks back at how changing market realities are driving investment in certified coffee supply chains in Honduras.
Where did we come from, where do we go? Looking back on 10 years DE Foundation with key stakeholders from our projects, governments, trade, industry and NGOs.
With the ambition to seek ways for integrating pre-competitive activities of various partners for a sector-wide Sustainable Coffee Program in Vietnam, IDH (Sustainable Trade Initiative, initiated by the Dutch government) organized a field trip to the Central Highlands of Vietnam during the 3rd week of September 2012. Representatives from DE Foundation as well as other members of the Steering Committee joined the trip to view projects and consult with numerous potential partners in Vietnam.
Sustainabilitea: on where our tea comes from, how it's made and what Pickwick is doing together with the DE Foundation, Soldaridad and UTZ Certified in Indonesia and Malawi to help improve tea production.