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The Sustainable Coffee Program Powered by IDH

10th African Fine Coffee Conference

February 16th2013, Kampala

Ted van der Put, IDH Program Director

Introducing idh who we are
Introducing IDH: who we are …

  • Public Private Partnership facility

  • Convening coalitions of front running business, governments and other stakeholders

  • Designing programs for mainstream impact in

    sustainable production and sourcing

  • 12-16 commodity chains

  • 70 multinational companies as partners

  • Co-funding facility until 2015

Idh program and goals
IDH Program and goals

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The Sustainable Coffee Program

Powered by IDH

Mainstreaming sustainability through global cooperation

What is the sustainable coffee program scp
What is the Sustainable Coffee Program (SCP)?

The Program:

  • The leading precompetitive framework for sustainable producer support programs

  • Mainstream and runs until the end of 2015

  • Operates throughout the entire value chain and drives both supply & demand

  • Includes all relevant partners and stakeholders on national and international level:

    • The coffee industry

    • Trade and export partners

    • Governments in producing countries

    • Civil society organizations

    • Donors and standard setting organizations.

Steering group scp
Steering group SCP

1 program at a glance focus countries
1. Program at a glance: Focus Countries

National sustainability focus local embedding and adaptation of approach
National Sustainability Focus:Local embedding and adaptation of approach

Agreed roles trade

National authorities

Agreed roles government

National coffee sector sustainability issues

National Sustainability Focus

Targeted capacity building in coffee sector

(inter)national trade & standards

Agreed roles implementers

In implementation mode

The Sustainable Coffee Program

In Implementation mode

Eu africa green coffee trade
EU – Africa green coffee trade

* Angola, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Congo Democratic Republic, Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Volume of EU imports of green not-decaffeinated coffee from African origins* in 2011: 6.7 million bags, or 13% of EU total (to put this into context: EU imports from Vietnam in 2011 were 9 million bags, 20% of EU total)

Value of EU imports of green coffee from African origins in 2011: EUR 1125 million or 6.4% of EU total

Source for all data: EU statistical office Eurostat


Ethiopia (bags and %)

  • Focus areas:

    • Sustainable Coffee Working group mandated to produce a Sustainable Coffee Strategy Report together with the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) and other key stakeholders on traceability and sustainability

    • Bring more sustainable coffee through the ECX to the market

    • Increased market access for farmers

    • Systemic approach to upgrade coffee production and exports together with government

  • National Program Coordinator: Tesfaye Kenea

  • Advisor: John Schluter

Uganda (bags and %)

  • Focus areas:

    • Agree National Sector Strategy with stakeholders

    • Working with various existing large public-private capacity building organizations

    • Make the business case and provide support for private sector towards production and export of sustainable coffee

    • Promote ownership of sustainability at district-level

    • National Coordinator: Café Africa

    • Advisor: John Schluter

Bringing scp to action in uganda
Bringing SCP to action in Uganda (bags and %)

With compliments to HRNS trip 11/02/2013

Uganda (bags and %)–progressso far

Support for Private Sector towards production and export of sustainable coffee

Café Africa contracted as SCP National Coordinator in Uganda

UCF Sustainable Coffee Breakfast and Consultative meeting - December 2012 & quarterly meetings

Launch of Business Case Study (by Technoserve)

Promoting ownership of sustainability in the districts

EstablishSustainability Sub-Committee of the National Coffee Platform

Work with District Steering committees to introduce sustainability at district level,

Introduce sustainability as theme into District Coffee Shows

Uganda challenges opportunities
Uganda (bags and %)– challenges & opportunities

  • Understanding of and involvement in sustainability amongst all stakeholders is limited. The Business Case Study provides an opportunity to mobilise stakeholders.

  • Introduce components on climate change and finance into the programme.

  • Some of the standards are considering revision of Codes of Conduct, this provides opportunities for more emphasis on GAPS and PHH for true sustainability

  • Through the National Steering Committee and Districts, there is an opportunity to place Sustainability more firmly on the «agenda» in Uganda’s coffee sector.

Uganda challenges opportunities1
Uganda (bags and %)– challenges & opportunities

National and district authorities


How to



capacity building to costefficientscale?



Business case sustainableproduction & role of certification?

3 rd african coffee sustainability forum
3 (bags and %)rd African Coffee Sustainability Forum

  • 300 Participants

  • Over 29 countries

  • Panels on:

    • NGO

    • Research

    • Standards and Trade

    • Roasters

    • Government and cross cutting issues

Key message
Key message (bags and %)

  • Africa still holds a very small share of the compliant market with even a smaller share of that sold as such.

  • The region needs to be more involved in the revision of the standards

  • Involve farmers in decision making

  • Farmers to think of sustainability from a business view

  • Sustainability requires better collaboration between all stakeholders

  • We need to make use of what we have and improve access to it

  • Develop what is missing

  • Cooperate to a larger extent In the sector

  • Next forum in Bujumbura

  • All presentations available next week at

  • Productivity is a prerequisite for Sustainability

  • Need to empower women and youth as it is evident training them leads to increased productivity

  • Research has a big role in providing new and improved varieties , providing technologies to improve production and processing, mitigate climate change as well as leverage resources

  • There is an increased commitment from roasters towards sustainability of the chain with large financial investments for instance with the Nescafe Plan and Coffee Made Happy and working towards 100% sustainable supply chains.

Thank you for your attention (bags and %)

Please contact Jenny Kwan, Program Manager

[email protected]