Programmes  I  Coffee  I  Nedcom

Prakruthi and Solidaridad SSEA are partnering in this project with the coffee trading company Nedcommodities. The activities include the capacity building of coffee producers and curers in the Coorg region, to improve their coffee quality and simultaneously connect these producers with premium coffee markets. The program addresses the improvement of living and working conditions of the smallholder coffee farmers and workers.

 
Objectives
  • Strengthening of small coffee growers’ organizations in Coorg and build their capacity to improve their market position and increase and stabilize their income from coffee production.
  • Improve competitiveness and higher income for the smallholders through access to higher-value markets by means of certification and better adherence to social and environmental standards leading to better working conditions in the coffee fields.
  • Link up with quality coffee market in India and increase awareness and consumption of sustainable coffee.
 
Strategy

The program addresses the active involvement of coffee planters to comply with the standards of the Utz Certified code of conduct. The training activities capacitate smallholder coffee growers so as to improve their coffee farming practices and enable them to benefit more by facilitating their access to the growing market for mainstream certified coffee. The program includes quality improvement processes in field activities and at the processing units and good agricultural practices to increase productivity.

 
Results
  • In 2009 and 2010, 300 farmers have been Utz Certified in the Coorg coffee production area.
  • Representatives of the coffee producers have been involved in national lobby and advocacy activities to highlight the positive aspects of sustainable coffee production.

  

 


 
 
 
 
Bhagawanth Rao, 14, whose parents Soyam
Lachu and Lachu Bai cultivate about 20 acres of
dry land in Adilabad District,
 
   
 
 
 
 
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