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Empowering small-scale coffee farmers in Colombia

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Growing coffee can be a challenging business and even more so for smallholder coffee farmers. That's why Nespresso has invested in projects to bring more small-scale farmers in Colombia into the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program.


Located high on the Andes Mountain Range, the fertile soils of Caldas create the perfect conditions for growing high quality coffees. But the steep slopes, which are carpeted with lush green foliage, make the terrain difficult. Despite the average farm being only one hectare in size, the work of a coffee farmer here can be tough. The Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program came to Caldas in 2004 and since then, Nespresso has been working with smallholders to improve the sustainability and productivity of their farms, while maintaining the highest quality coffee.

For instance, in 2006, Nespresso set up a project with sustainable enterprise NGO TechnoServe and other key partners, to help support around 5,000 farmers in the Caldas region. The project focused on improving farm productivity, upgrading wet milling, developing new pricing strategies and improving business management, while making the Nespresso process more efficient and standardising quality.

Our project with TechnoServe laid the foundations for further partnerships with other organisations to provide long-term support to smallholders across Colombia. In 2008 Nespresso also launched a first public-private partnership with the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC) to improve the sustainability of quality coffee production, providing training and technical assistance in Cauca and Nariño, two of the poorest regions of Colombia.



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