Driving transformation in coffee through collaborations (webinar)

Briefing or opinion

Published October 2023. Authored by Evidensia


Coffee is one of the most traded and consumed commodities in the world – around 125 million people depend on coffee for their livelihoods. Whilst actions have been taken over several decades to address sustainability challenges in coffee exporting countries, they have rarely succeeded in creating sector-wide, lasting change. For this reason, within the International Coffee Organization’s (ICO) Coffee Public Private Task Force (CPPTF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Coffee Platform (GCP) facilitated a multi-stakeholder dialogue series in 2021 on sector transformation in coffee exporting countries, which focused on the creation or strengthening of multi-stakeholder processes and spaces to foster collaborative action. This 60-minute learning event, hosted in collaboration with the Food and Agricultural Commodity Systems Community, is an exciting opportunity to explore the key insights from the accompanying report, and some questions raised with expert voices from the coffee sector such as: What is needed to create transformational change in the coffee sector? How do we strengthen multi-stakeholder collaboration and what does collaborative action look like in practice? How do we scale solutions to create lasting systemic impact that is not limited to individual projects or supply chains? Moderator: Matthew Stancliffe Bird | Associate Manager, Impacts and Evidence | ISEAL. Panelists: Melissa Salazar | Coffee Advisor | UNDP, Lauren Weiss | Program Manager, Countries and Partnerships | Global Coffee Platform, Michaël de Groot | Investment Manager, Rural Fund | Rabobank Foundation, George Watene | Kenya Country Platform Manager | Global Coffee Platform, Niels Haak | Director, Sustainable Coffee Partnerships | Conservation International.

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