ICO, GCP and BMZ sign joint declaration on coffee sector transformation

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The International Coffee Organization (ICO), Global Coffee Platform (GCP), and German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) have signed a joint declaration to strengthen their cooperation towards a sustainable transformation of the global coffee sector.

“With our distinct and complementary strengths, we are united in our pursuit of a prosperous future for the farmers behind the 2.94 billion cups of coffee we consume every day,” says Vanúsia Nogueira, ICO’s Executive Director.

The declaration addresses key issues such as living income, market transparency, gender equity, and enabling policies and institutions, and will resonate with stakeholders at the heart of the industry.

Acknowledging the ambitious sector-level goals of the 2030 Roadmap agreed upon and adopted by the International Coffee Council and Coffee Private Public Task Force, the declaration reaffirms the signatories’ commitment to realising a common vision for the coffee sector. This vision centres on economic resilience, celebrates the diversity of coffee origins, and champions environmental sustainability and climate change mitigation through circularity, regenerative production, trade, and consumption. It also highlights the need to preserve natural ecosystems in coffee-producing countries worldwide, 42 of which are Members of the ICO.

“Global and local multistakeholder cooperation is essential to meaningful sector transformation. It is only through focused collective action that we can tackle the threats to sustainable coffee production and consumption. We are buoyed by the commitment shown and excited with the prospect of more organisations joining for accelerated impact at scale,” says Annette Pensel, GCP’s Executive Director.

To lift communities out of poverty and nurture a thriving sector for future generations, the signatories have pledged to identify solutions to make coffee the most sustainable, inclusive and resilient agricultural sector and enable compliance with the prevailing regulatory framework. They have also reiterated the importance of harnessing effective multilateral dialogue and expressed their intent to further mobilise and align actors and resources from governments, the private sector and civil society.

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