ICO announces collaborative research to support coffee farmers in Peru


The International Coffee Organization (ICO) has announced that leading actors in the coffee value chain are coming together to support a living income benchmark study in Peru with the Anker Research Institute.

Building on the ambitious goals of the National Coffee Action Plan, this research is calculating the costs of a decent standard of living using the Anker methodology in key coffee production regions of Peru.

MIDAGRI, with the support of the Green Commodities Program (UNDP and Swiss Cooperation Agency SECO) are part of the group responsible for implementing Peru’s National Coffee Action Plan.

“The National Coffee Action Plan is the guiding instrument for the sustainable development of coffee growing in the country,” says Jorge Figueroa Rojas, MIDAGRI representative to the ICO Public Private Task Force (CPPTF).

“To ensure a significant positive impact on the lives of producing families, it is necessary to connect ongoing efforts with initiatives such as decent income, which will allow us to prioritize actions to address gaps and target areas.”

The initiative is embedded in a regional consultation process to better understand coffee farmers’ incomes and the gaps for them to earn at least a living income as a milestone towards prosperity.

The project will be implemented throughout 2022 with stakeholder dialogue and field work.

The CPPTF has a goal of economic resilience and developing pathways to prosperity for coffee farmers. This goal is underpinned by ambitious, time bound commitments to living income benchmarks and income gap assessments to inform strategic policies and Public-Private Partnership (PPPs) to close income gaps for smallholder farmers.

Peru, as one of the endorsers of the London Declaration and ICO Task Force member, is joining with private and public sector leaders to support this research in the context of Peru’s National Coffee Action Plan.

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