#VoicesOfTheCoffeeNAMA: Mario Sibaja, CoopeVictoria R.L.
"Today we are taking the first step worldwide with the Coffee NAMA. This a differentiating element to achieve better prices and tell the world that we are a coffee culture, but also very focused on taking care of the environment", states Mario Sibaja, the commercial manager of the coffee mill CoopeVictoria R.L.
#VoicesOfTheCoffeeNAMA: Martin and Ignacio Ceciliano, micro coffee mill Río Conejo Estate
"We are pioneers, we are the first low-emission coffee", state Martin and Ignacio Ceciliano from the micro coffee mill Río Conejo Estate about the importance of the Coffee NAMA. The two brothers easily took advantage of the added value of their innovative coffee to position it on the US-American market.
#VoicesOfTheCoffeeNAMA: Gabriela Fernández, coffee mill Cordillera de Fuego S.A.
New intelligent drying ovens, a water drainer and drying patios - the coffee mill Cordillera de Fuego S.A has realized various important changes to reduce their emission of greenhouse gases and energy consumption. Gabriela Fernández, the mill´s manager, tells us why those investments were worth it.
#VoicesOfTheCoffeeNAMA: Warner Quesada, coffee mill Coopesabalito R.L.
The coffee mill Coopesabalito R.L. works hard to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases by decreasing their use of wood and electricity. Warner Quesada, the mill´s manager, explains the actions that were taken with the support of the financial mechanisms provided by the Coffee NAMA.
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...
“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...
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...