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“Many people have taken our ideas to heart” - GIZ and ICAFE analyse impact of Costa Rica's NAMA Support Project in the coffee sector

After over three years of implementation, Sandra Spies, project director of the NAMA Support Project on behalf of GIZ, and Carlos Fonseca, technical manager at ICAFE, take a step back to analyse and discuss the successes and challenges that have come with the project, and how it could serve as a model for other countries and sectors. Costa Rica aims to decarbonize its economy. How are the Coffee NAMA and the NSP contributing to that goal? Fonseca: One major effect of this NAMA will be to lower emissions in the agricultural sector, which will help us achieve that national target...

Nespresso and Coffee NAMA join forces to train coffee producers in Good Agricultural Practices

The NAMA Support Project (NSP Café) will offer Nespresso technical support in calculating greenhouse gas emissions generated by farmers affiliated to the private company. By means of a Memorandum of Understanding signed in June 2018, the NAMA Support Project (NSP Café) and Nestlé Nespresso S.A. formed a strategic alliance aimed at training up to 2.000 coffee farmers affiliated to the company in topics of mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change. The workshops will be held by Nespresso´s agronomers, incorporating Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) promoted by the NSP Café and that are already part of Nespresso´s AAA Sustainable...

Coffee NAMA will follow-up on work with coffee mills and producers in 2018

The Coffee NAMA will focus on continuing its work with coffee mills in order to train them in topics such as performing a Life Cycle Analysis and Type 3 Eco-labeling. The project aspires to train an additional 3.000 coffee producers in the 10 Good Agricultural Practices promoted by the Coffee NAMA. A third business tour will be offered the selected coffee mills to continuously promote the first low carbon coffee in the world, this time visiting the United States. During this year, the 51 partnering mills will tackle several topics: apart from receiving follow-up visits and verification of the →...

Over 3,000 Costa Rican coffee producers trained on how to tackle climate change

In three training modules during the months of April until September, 3,000 coffee growers from all over the country were trained in the application of 10 Good Agricultural Practicas (GAPs) on their coffee farms. The workshops were organized by the ICAFE with the support of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and carried out by MAG, ICAFE and CIMS technicians. Climate Change has a visible impact on coffee cultivation - and vice versa, it´s production and processing also impact Climate Change. In around 30 workshops in the country´s eight coffee-growing regions, more than 3,000 coffee producers were introduced...

Over 2,400 producers trained in Good Agricultural Practices after second training module

In eight workshops offered in June and July 2017 in six of Costa Rica´s coffee regions, producers were trained on the topics of nutrition and fertilization, weed management, plagues and diseases as well as agroforestry systems. The workshops were organized by the Ministry for Agriculture, the National Coffee Institute and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. Over 600 producers participated in the second series of workshops on Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), with a total of 2,433 producers trained in the first two training modules offered by the NAMA Café in Costa Rica. A new assistance record was achieved...

Vice Minister for Agriculture Ivannia Quesada mentions NAMA Café as good example in front of FAO

On July 3 rd 2017, Vice Minister for Agriculture and Livestock, Ivannia Quesada, addressed the Plenary of the 40th Session of the General Conference of the FAO to present the efforts made and the vision for future work in the Costa Rican agricultural sector in order to combat the effects of Climate Change – among them highlighting the successful work of the NAMA Café. During her presentation in front of more than 1,000 delegates from 192 FAO member states at the event "Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security", the Vice Minister highlighted the important task of generating added value and...

CASCADE project offers training materials to facilitate adaptation to Climate Change to Costa Rican coffee producers

The CASCADE project, implemented by CATIE and Conservation International (CI), supports the development of Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) for smallholder farmers in Costa Rica, Guatemala and Honduras. A set of training materials was developed within the framework of the project, providing basic information on Climate Change and its impacts on the agricultural sector, and presenting strategies to adapt to Climate Change while maximizing the provision of ecosystem services on farms. The materials are freely accessible on line.​ Each module offers practical information on the application of the concept of Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) for technical personnel and farmers. → Module 1 provides...

Over 1,200 Costa Rican coffee farmers trained in Good Agricultural Practices

Coffee producers from all over Costa Rica received trainings on the topics of farm management, tree pruning, and sustainable soil management in order to increase productivity and minimize the impacts of climate change. In addition, they were presented with the NAMA Café and its NAMA Support Project. Over 500 people were trained directly in 9 workshops organized by the Ministry for Agriculture (MAG), the National Coffee Institute (ICAFE) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and carried out by consultants from CIMS. Over 700 producers were subsequently trained on the workshops´ topics by their technicians. ​ 505 workshop...

Coffee farmers from San Carlos de Tarrazú received introduction to the NAMA Café

A group of coffee producers from San Carlos de Tarrazú received information about new tendencies in coffee growing and an introduction to the NAMA Café at the ICAFE´s office in San Pedro de Barva, Heredia. The coffee producers were welcomed by Ronald Peters, Executive Director of ICAFE, who encouraged them to keep producing one of the best coffees in the world. Personnel from the Research Unit and the Chemical and Fitoprotection Laboratories informed the participants on the analisis of soil, water used in coffee processing and the quality of coffee, as well as the results of current research conducted on...

The Coffee NAMA: Supporting coffee farmers and mills in Costa Rica