New Orleans, October 1, 2021 The Specialty Coffee Association’s Coffee Expo 2021 took place in New Orleans from September 30 to October 3, gathering hundreds of specialty coffee professionals and enthusiasts alike from all over the world, who were part of business meetings, technical conferences, workshops, and knowledge exchange spaces shared in the world of coffee, this time under new health and safety measures in the battle against COVID-19.
A Honduran delegation consisting of producers, cooperatives, and exporters, with the support of the Honduran coffee institutions: IHCAFE, FCN, CONCAFE, the national coffee producer guilds and associations ANACAFEH, AHPROCAFE,UNIOCOOP, Central de Cooperativas, and AMUCAFE, with the presence of Honduras Vice President, Maria Antonia Rivera were part of this special event for the international coffee community, positioning Honduras as a high-quality coffee origin, where coffee is produced and processed under the best practices of traceability and sustainability.
The Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation, Swisscontact, is also part of the event, and has presented the Inclusive Coffee- Promoting Sustainable Markets (Café Inclusivo) project on October 1, the Honduras National Coffee Day and the International Coffee Day.
The purpose of the Café Inclusivo (Inclusive Coffee) project is to reduce the inequalities in the value chain of sustainable coffee, to promote better and more resilient livelihoods for the producers. The project will be developed in Honduras between 2021 and 2024. The aim is to facilitate spaces so that all actors involved in the sustainable coffee value chain can work in an articulate manner, to allow them to co-create the vision of change and strategy for the sector, as well as to strengthen the capacities for commercial promotion for different actors of the value chain: at sector level, for businesses and exporting companies, as well as for cooperatives and producer associations.
The Honduras chapter of the International Women in Coffee Alliance, AMUCAFE, presented its yearly report of activities to visibilize and strengthen capacities of women involved along the coffee value chain. One of the important milestones shared was the approval of the National Gender Policy in Coffee.
Adilson Ávila, General Manager of IHCAFE (Honduran Institute of Coffee), expressed his support for the initiative, that involves and includes the coffee institutions as well as the different actors of the coffee value chain, promoting union and commitment to achieve a more competitive presence of Honduras in the international markets. “We are all important and complementary in coffee – producers, cooperatives, exporters, coffee guilds, associations and institutions. We have an important challenge ahead, but through an initiative as Café Inclusivo we can all co-create this vision and route to better position Honduras in international markets, thus creating the opportunity to generate better returns for coffee producers.
The Café Inclusivo project is part of the Development Program of Swisscontact and is co-financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.