Monday, February 17, 2014

Setting in Motion Sustainable Development in the African Coffee Sector


Bujumbura, 17 February 2014 – The 4th annual African Coffee Sustainability Forum took place in Bujumbura, Burundi, on 12 February 2014. Under the theme “Sustainable Coffee Farming as a Business for African Coffee Farmers: Learnings, challenges & joint efforts for solutions”, the Forum brought together 150 stakeholders to address the key factors influencing the adoption of sustainability practices by African coffee farmers.

In his opening speech, Burundi's Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Mr. Boniface Mwikomo remarked: “The ‘Business Case for Sustainabilityno longer needs to be proved, provided that the activities that lead to sustainability are helping the coffee farmers to improve their productivity and the quality of their coffee. This in turn should result in safer and more stable revenues for them”.

Co-organised by the 4C Association, the African Fine Coffees Association (AFCA), the Sustainable Coffee Programme powered by IDH and Café Africa, the Forum is now a fixture on the coffee sector's calendar and is a must-attend event for anyone focusing on sustainable coffee in Africa. Robert W. Nsibirwa, Chairman of the 4C Association and Board Member of AFCA, confirms this: “Now in its 4th edition, the Forum has become the place to discuss and address the pressing issues undermining the sustainable development of the African coffee sector.”

Considering the focus of this year’s Forum, it was positive to note the emphasis the audience placed on the potential of considerably increasing African coffee production. To do so, productivity in coffee farming needs to be increased thus becoming a more viable business case for coffee farming households. All participants stressed the need of a broad sector collaboration including governments, coffee producers, private sector, and NGOs, putting the farming family livelihood at the centre of all efforts.

This idea was also emphasised by Mr. Nsibirwa: “In the African context, where yields are quite low, the very first step to make coffee farming a sustainable business for smallholders is to support them in increasing their productivity. For this to happen, all stakeholders need to unite efforts to provide the much needed support to farmers. This Forum is bringing them all around one table and taking their ideas and applying them in the African coffee fields”.

Ted van der Put, Director and Executive Board member of the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), commented: “This year, the African Sustainability Forum has stimulated some great discussion on the core sustainability issues present in the African coffee sector. IDH hopes that it’s recently published business case studies on Uganda and Ethiopia can be used to stimulate meaningful investments in the sector, particularly in the development of a national sustainability curriculum”.

As participants represent trade, industry, research and civil society organisations from major coffee-producing countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia, a unique feature of the Forum was the interactive working group session. In these parallel groups, action plans addressing the business practices of coffee farmers, climate change and gender were developed and later presented to the Forum’s audience. A key message was that the proven benefits of providing capacity building to farmers on good agricultural practices can be even more rewarding if they follow a gender-sensitive approach. The Report from the Forum, including conclusions and action plans, will be available to download from http://www.sustainableafricancoffee.org/.


Media Contacts: 
For media inquiries, please contact Josh Edwards, 4C Communications Manager: Phone: +49 151 64940366; josh.edwards@4c-coffeeassociation.org


About the organisers

The African Coffee Sustainability Forum is organised by four organisations:

The 4C Association is the global platform that brings together stakeholders in the coffee sector to address sustainability issues in a pre-competitive manner.
The Sustainable Coffee Program is a mainstream public/private consortium powered by IDH, major coffee industry representatives, trade and export partners, civil society organizations, governments and standard setting organizations.

The African Fine Coffees Association (AFCA) is a regional non profit, non political, member-driven association representing coffee sectors in 11 member countries.

Café Africa is a non-profit organisation created in 2006, with the aim to seize the opportunity of both the increasing global coffee demand and the Africa’s production potential to contribute to the sustainable alleviation of rural poverty.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Burundi Organisations Meet For an Awareness on the Different Standards

Star hotel, Bunjumbura 11.02.2014


Under the facilitation of Intercafe, AFCA and the 4C Association and with the valuable input of Fairtrade UTZ and Rainforest alliance. More than 30 Burundian participants from different coffee groups across the country met for an awareness half day on the different approaches to sustainability and the sustainability challenges in the Burundian coffee sector. Officiated  by the Secretary general of Intercafe Oscar,  retaliated the need to have the different participants in the industry understand what the different standards bring in relation to supporting the Burundian coffee farmers achieve a sustainable future. The session was also meant to help the different stakeholders participate effectively in the 4th African Coffee Sustainability Forum. The promotion manager Intercafe noted that their approach  is to ensure there is enough capacity to facilitate at least 10 % of the farmers a year to effectively take part in this programs.


Thursday, February 6, 2014

1 WEEK TO GO AND FORUM FULLY BOOKED

With one week to go all available places at the 4th African Coffee Sustainability Forum have been pre-booked. Registration has closed and for those that were not to lucky to grab a physical slot, we will be offering you a virtual peep in the days after the forum .

See you at the shores of the Great Lakes to Inspire the Sustainable Resurgence of the African Coffee Industry.





Tuesday, February 4, 2014

4th AFRICAN COFFEE SUSTAINABILITY FORUM! TWO WEEKS TO GO!


The African Fine Coffee Association (AFCA) in collaboration with the 4C Association and the Sustainable Coffee Program powered by IDH is organizing the 4th African Coffee Sustainability Forum: “Sustainable Coffee Farming as a Business for African Coffee Farmers: Learnings, challenges & joint efforts for solutions” on 12th February in Bujumbura, Burundi. 
The Forum will take place one day prior to the start of the 11th Africa Fine Coffee Conference and Exhibition.

This year’s program addresses the key business factors influencing the adoption of sustainability practices by African coffee farmers:
  • A Business Case for Sustainable Coffee Production: insights and key learnings from studies  on Ethiopia and Uganda
  • Coffee and Climate change
  • Benefiting coffee farming families - gender and youth in sustainable coffee value chains: results and next steps of program implementation from gender and youth
Please view the program here.

REGISTRATION CLOSED! ONLY LIMITED SEATS WERE AVAILABLE! We will make available all results in this blog so if you missed a seat then we will provide you a virtual one!

The delegates of the 11th AFCA Conference, can directly register for the Sustainability Forum via the AFCA website.

Due to space limitations, total Forum registration is limited to the first 150 participants.

NB: Please note that ONLY THIS FORUM HAS SPONSORED FREE PARTICIPATION. In order to take part in other activities on the same venue like the,  African Coffee Connection Reception at 18.30 and the full conference kit, one will need to register for the 10th African Fine Coffee Conference & Exhibition: http://eafca.org/wwc/registration.htm

QUESTIONS?

If you have queries regarding the event, please get in touch with John Abaho, 4C Project Manager Africa, at john.abaho@4c-coffeeassociation.org or Tel: +256 414 269140/1/7

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


SPEAKER PRESENTATIONS NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD! 

Dear partners and members

Whether you attended the 3rd African Coffee Sustainability Forum this year or couldn't make it to the event, you can now access all the speaker presentations online.  To access these go to the presentations page and click on the relevant presentation title.

You can also view the photos of the Forum in our photo gallery.



Thursday, February 14, 2013


THANK YOU TO ALL THE SPEAKERS AND PARTICIPANTS OF THE 3rd AFRICAN COFFEE SUSTAINABILITY FORUM!

Over 300 participants took part in the 3rd African Coffee Sustainability Forum at the Munyonyo Conference Center in Kampala, Uganda,  the 13th of February.

There was a vibrant exchange of information and ideas with participants from all over the world.

We are going to make available all the presentations as well as pictures and videos of the Forum next week. To download all the presentations, please check this website again on Wednesday, 20th February.

Thanks again and see you next year in Burundi at the 4th African Coffee Sustainability Forum!

Friday, February 8, 2013

1 DAYS TO GO! 

The 3rd African Coffee Sustainability Forum is fully booked and here is a preview of the presenters. The final program has also been updated.
See you in Kampala!!

Presenters 3rd African Coffee Sustainability Forum

Robert Waggwa Nsibirwa
Chairman 4C AssociationBoard Member of AFCA
Roberio Oliveira Silva
Executive Director
ICO
Harrison B. Kalua
Chairman of AFCA
Henry Ngabirano
Managing Director
UCDA
Ted van der Put
Program Director
IDH


Melanie Rutten-Suelz
Executive Director
4C Association


Stefan Cognigni
Hanns R. Neumann Foundation
Do Ngoc Sy
Vietnam Manager
4C Association


Charles Mbarire
Regional Project Manager -- Coffee
Solidaridad

Sachin Gathani
Co-funder and Managing Partner
Laterite

Catherine Van der Wees
Hivos
Dr. Kufa Taye
Jimma Agricultural Research Centre, Ethiopia
Adriana Mejía Godoy
Director FNC Europe
Dr. Charles Agwanda
CABI
Kenya
Dr Ben Gichimu
Coffee Research Foundation


Dr. Piet Van Asten
IITA
Uganda
Jenny Kwan
Senior Program Manager Coffee
IDH


Cornel Kuhrt
Senior Manager Corporarte Responsability
Tchibo



Christine Masta
Nestle Equatorial Africa

Sophie Grunze
GIZ


Francesco Tramontin
Sustainability Director
Mondelēz International