News » 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 → organizational carbon and water footprints, which they measured during the past year, the mills will cover the topics of Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and Eco-labeling Type III. The LCA is a technique used to determine the environmental aspects and potential impacts associated with a product or process.

The 3 new mills will be trained in calculating their greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories. 17 mills will participate in workshops in order to measure their water footprint.

Additionally, technical and financial feasibility studies will be carried out in 17 mills and energy efficiency opportunities will be identified so as to subsequently implement low emission equipment technologies.

Financial mechanism and credit line for coffee mills

Another important focus of the workshops will be the financial component of the NAMA Support Project (NSP Café), which envisions providing financial support for the implementation of mitigation actions and assisting coffee mills in accessing credit options.

For this purpose, feasibility studies will be carried out to determine the technical and financial viability of investment projects in technologies or good practices in farms or mills. In order to be rated as viable, projects must reduce GHG emissions, water consumption and/or increase energy efficiency.

In addition, the project is working on a mechanism for financial incentives in the form of subsidies granted by ICAFE to partnering mills that present projects that reduce GHG emissions, water consumption and/or the use of thermal energy and/or electricity.

Finally, the NSP Café is working on a line of credit with the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) with a total volume of 10 million dollars destined to finance technologies that reduce GHG emissions, water consumption and/or the use of thermal energy and/or electricity.

Sustainable production workshops for producers and technical personnel

After the successful training of more than → 3,100 coffee producers in Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) in 2017 the series of workshops will be offered again throughout the country. The project aims to train at least 3,000 additional producers, aspiring to meet the NSP Café´s indicator of reaching 6,000 producers who apply at least 2 technologies promoted by the project on their farms.

Technical personnel from MAG, ICAFE and several mills will be trained during the entire year in the calculation of carbon removal, carbon footprints and farm management.

These workshops for producers and technical personnel will be organized and executed exclusively by ICAFE and MAG as well as the private sector with the support of GIZ, who extensively support the entire process during 2017. For this year´s workshops several regional offices from both MAG and ICAFE requested updated training materials tailored to their respective coffee region.

Business tour 2018 to Seattle, USA

During 2018 five selected mills will receive the opportunity to participate in a third business tour, this time visiting the United States, including the biggest coffee fair in North America, the SCA in Seattle. Additionally, the project will help with follow-up of previous contacts made during the → tour to Germany in October 2017.

For 2018 a second edition of the several weeks long → workshop for commercial managers will be offered, this time working with an online application in order to facilitate the participation for interested coffee mills.

Sustainability and future of the Coffee NAMA

The Costa Rican Coffee NAMA receives financial and technical support from the → NAMA Support Project “Low Carbon Coffee Costa Rica” (NSP Café), led by the German Cooperation GIZ and financed by the NAMA Facility, a joint fond of the German and British governments. The executing partners MAG, MINAE, ICAFE and GIZ determined several measures concerning governance and sustainability of the project, with the aim of ensuring its continuation and commitment on behalf of the national counterparts even after the NSP Cafés conclusion.