Colombia: Transforming production practices by increasing economic incentives for sustainable coffee


Colombia is the world’s third-largest coffee producer and home to more than half a million growers, many of them farming in production landscapes of high biodiversity value. However, the sector is experiencing a decline in production, increased vulnerability from disease and flooding and an increase in social conflict as farmers are suffering from associated lower incomes. The national institutions and market should support producers to implement better production practices that reduce negative environmental impact and improve farmers’ livelihoods.

Project objective: Support economic and ecological viability of biodiversity –friendly coffee

The Project, which started in 2010 and will finish by the end of 2014, is strengthening the capacity of farmers and municipalities to use landscape-based planning to support the economic and ecological viability of biodiversity-friendly coffee farms. The project is led by the national coffee association of producers – Federación Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia (FNC) - and is building its capacity for environmental management. The project promotes landscape management tools (conservation corridors, live fences, agroforestry systems) that maintain ecosystem services, reduce vulnerability to climate change and, enrich the biological diversity in coffee landscapes.

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GCP visits small coffee farmers at the Colombian Andes
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