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#VoicesOfTheCoffeeNAMA: Ana Gomes da Silva, coffee producer

25-10-2019
Ana Gomes da Silva of Las Dueñas Coffee feels 100% committed to the NAMA Café. Apart from having renewed almost 50% of their coffee farm, she and her two sisters implement all 10 of the initiative´s good agricultural practices. Ana Gomes da Silva explains how and why she works on making her coffee cultivation more environmentally friendly.

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

02-10-2019
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...

Investment incentives promote climate-friendly coffee processing in Costa Rica

20-08-2018
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...

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

07-03-2018
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 →...

Coffee mills receive award for measuring greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption

14-12-2017
Costa Rican president Luis Guillermo Solís praised the efforts of coffee mills participating in the country´s Coffee NAMA throughout the year during a small ceremony on December 13 th 2017. 49 mills received an award for successfully measuring greenhouse gas and water consumption during coffee production and processing. The award was presented by the Minister for Agriculture Felipe Arauz, the ICAFE´s executive director Ronald Peters, the president of the ICAFE´s board of directors Guido Vargas and Sandra Spies, director of the NAMA Support Project in the scope of the Costa Rican Coffee NAMA. 49 coffee mills completed the process of...

Coffee mills complete process of GHG and water inventory measurement

06-12-2017
During this year, the coffee mills participating in the Coffee NAMA worked hard to determine inventories of their greenhouse gas emissions and their water consumption during coffee processing. In addition, several energy efficiency audits were carried out by the Costa Rican Industry Chamber. The activities were organized by ICAFE and MAG with the support of GIZ. From March to October 2017, 55 representatives of 48 coffee mills from seven of Costa Rica´s eight coffee growing regions participated in a series of workshops to firstly understand the basic concepts of greenhouse gas (GHG) and water inventories and then learn how to...

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

01-08-2017
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

14-07-2017
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...

34 advanced coffee mills measure their water footprint

24-05-2017
The 34 advanced coffee mills were trained in measuring their water footprints in workshops organized by the Ministry for Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), Ministry for Environment and Energy (MINAE), the National Coffee Institute (ICAFE) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. In 12 workshops executed by GSI Consultores directed at managers and technical personnel responsible for documenting and determining the mills´ water footprints, the 39 participants got to know the basic concepts of performing water inventories. Additionally, they were introduced to important terms and definitions related to the topic and, finally, learned techniques and tools necessary to perform...

16 new coffee mills of the NAMA Café learn to perform greenhouse gas inventories

16-05-2017
Throughout the months of March and April, the 16 new coffee mills participating in the NAMA Café were trained in performing greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories in workshops organized by the Ministry for Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), Ministry for Environment and Energy (MINAE), the National Coffee Institute (ICAFE) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. In 8 workshops executed by GSI Consultores directed at managers and technical personnel responsible for documenting and determining the mills´ carbon footprints, the 24 participants were informed on the importance of a carbon footprint and even carbon-neutrality in a national as well as international...