In the past few weeks, the International Coffee Organization (ICO) secretariat has been working hard to secure important meetings with and between key United Nations agencies, ICO members and the Public-Private Coffee Task Force. These meetings were aimed at allow members of the ICO and CPPTF to gain and share access to technology, resources and capitalize on the opportunities offered by the Task Force.
Some highlights of the meetings include: (a) Securing a partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and its Green Commodities Program. The objectives are to strengthen the CPPTF and facilitate the technical workflow on coffee policy, institutions and global financing mechanisms and, in particular, to develop proposals for national sustainability projects / plans for countries / sub-regions that contribute to the implementation of the Roadmap CPPTF. (b) A partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organizations (UNIDO) to build a successful project to promote pyrolysis / biochar applied to coffee residues in Vietnam (
) to generate additional income opportunities for farmers while reducing climate change.
The project is supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and implemented with the Sofies Group and the technology is manufactured in Vietnam. The objective of this project is to further develop and replicate the use of technology to other countries, such as countries in Africa and Central America. This project will be implemented in partnership with donors and interested members of the private sector of CPPTF members, such as the Neumann Foundation. (c) The 'Next Generation Coffee' initiative was launched on International Coffee Day 2020 and is the central theme of the ICO in 2021. The ICO is building cooperation with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to presenting coffee at the next 2021 Food System Summit, as an opportunity for youth employment, innovation and sustainability.
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