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#VoicesOfTheCoffeeNAMA: Monserrat Prado, micro coffee mill Ditsö

Monserrat Prado from the micro-mill Ditsö shows that there does not always have to be big, radical changes to confront climate change: Little transformations may also have a great impact.

#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: Luz Mery Vásquez, coffee producer

Luz Mery Vásquez could teach us some lessons about the empowerment of female leaders. With effort and courage, she managed to more than double her harvest in just one year, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and renewing her plantation. The lioness, as her friends call her, tells us how this success has been possible.

#VoicesOfTheCoffeeNAMA: Beatriz Elizondo, regional coordinador for ICAFE in Los Santos

Beatriz Elizondo, coordinator of ICAFE´s regional office in Los Santos, highlights the great willingness to learn that coffee producers show in the Coffee NAMA's trainings: “They ask us a lot of things, and the most important thing for us is that the producers leave with less doubts, that they understand very well the concepts that we provide them in order to replicate them on their farms.”

#VoicesOfTheCoffeeNAMA: Diego Loría, technical advisor, ICAFE

An important focus of our work has been the support of coffee farmers to adapt to the impact of climate change. Diego Loría, a technical advisor at ICAFE, has already noticed that the number of shade tree species and disease-resistant coffee varieties has increased considerably in coffee plantations. But for him, the most striking thing is the change of mentality of the traditional producers: “They already identify more with the Good Agricultural Practices we promote - the important thing is that the producer himself recognizes their importance.”

#VoicesOfTheCoffeeNAMA: Ana Gomes da Silva, coffee producer

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

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...

“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...

New app facilitates collection of climate data in Costa Rica´s coffee sector

The new application CRCAFÉ records the spread of diseases such as coffee rust, the dosage of agrochemicals and fertilizers, and the amount of shade trees in coffee plantations, among others. Currently, the technical personnel of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) and the National Coffee Institute (ICAFE) is entering data from 731 coffee producers across the country into the application, in order to determine greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on the farms. The same data from 2,000 coffee producers associated to private companies will be added, which is being raised independently through a questionnaire. These data, which represent a sample...

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...