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22% of Costa Rica´s coffee production is low-carbon and sustainable

Coffee is one of Costa Rica’s most important and emblematic export good and deeply connected to the country’s national identity. However, climate change clearly challenges the livelihood of Costa Rican coffee farmers and the crop’s long-term sustainability. Faced with this dire situation, in 2014 the sector joined forces with public institutions and the international cooperation to implement the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) Café. The Costa Rican NAMA Café is implemented by the country’s Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE), Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) and National Coffee Institute (ICAFE) and aims to reduce GHG emissions during coffee production...

Business conference brings coffee mills, financial intermediaries and technology providers together to decarbonize coffee production

Representatives of coffee mills participated in the business conference "Promoting Low-Carbon, Energy-Efficient and Environmentally Sustainable Coffee" organized on behalf of ICAFE, the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) and German Development Cooperation GIZ. The event offered a space for the exhibition of technologies for coffee processing as well as already existing financing alternatives within the country, with the purpose of encouraging investments in sustainable and low-carbon technologies. National and international technology providers highlighted the benefits equipment such as centriflux, materials for the construction of energy-efficient ovens, composting machines, among others. Likewise, more than five intermediary financial institutions that channel...

Investment incentives promote climate-friendly coffee processing in Costa Rica

In cooperation with the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) and on behalf of the NAMA Facility, GIZ facilitates access to low-interest loans for coffee mills in Costa Rica. US$ 10 million are now available for investments in climate-friendly technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, water and energy consumption during coffee processing. The loans are offered at favorable conditions with a duration of up to 10 years and an interest rate of between 2 and 6%, which is very low for agricultural businesses. The credit line is managed by the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) and disbursed...

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


50 coffee mills initiate carbon and water footprint measuring in 2017

In 2017, the 50 coffee mills participating in the Costa Rican Coffee NAMA will receive trainings in calculating their respective carbon and water footprints. More than 36 mills participated in the Welcome and Follow-Up Workshop at Starbucks´ Hacienda Alsacia in the foothills of Poás Volcano organized by the National Coffee Institute (ICAFE), the Ministry for Agriculture (MAG) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The workshop, which took place on February 24 th 2017 at the Producer Support Center in Starbucks´ Hacienda Alsacia, kicked off with a warm welcome by Mr. Ronald Peters, Executive Director of the National...

NAMA Support Project will focus on working with coffee farmers and supporting coffee promotion in 2017

In February 2017, the NAMA Support Project “Low-Carbon Coffee Costa Rica” (NSP) celebrated one year of implementation: Important achievements from 2016 are several trainings for coffee mills involving the measuring of their carbon footprint as well as a tour to Germany to promote Costa Rican coffee. In 2017, the project will focus on working closely with coffee producers to increase farm productivity and continue to support coffee mills to successfully promote their one-of-a-kind coffee abroad. Review of 2016: Capacity development in carbon footprint measurement and coffee promotion in Germany After its first year of implementation, the NAMA Support Project “Low-Carbon...

Costa Rica and Germany officially launch the NAMA Support Project “Low-Carbon Coffee Costa Rica”

On October 19 th 2016, representatives from the Costa Rican Ministries for Environment and Energy (MINAE) and Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), as well as the National Coffee Institute (ICAFE) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH officially launched the NAMA Support Project “Low-Carbon Coffee Costa Rica” (NSP). The NSP offers technical and financial assistance to the Costa Rican NAMA Café de Costa Rica, which aims to support coffee farmers grow and process coffee efficiently and competitively, emit less greenhouse gases and become resilient to the effects of climate change. The goal of the NAMA Café is to produce...

CABEI and GIZ sign agreement to support and strengthen agricultural and financial sectors in Costa Rica

The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (German Agency for International Development Cooperation) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on March 4 th 2016 in San José, Costa Rica to jointly support and strengthen a balanced economic and social integration and development in Central America for the upcoming four years. CABEI and GIZ jointly aim at strengthening technical, financial, social, environmental as well as scientific knowledge in Costa Rica. Its key aspects are an improved access to finance for the agricultural sector, training for financial intermediaries on issues related to climate...