Coffee is one of the most important sectors of the Colombian economy. International markets are increasingly demanding coffees that guarantee sustainable management. Hence, it is essential to promote good production, environmental, social, and labour practices. That is why the Colombia Más Competitiva programme prioritises speciality coffees as one of its sustainable value chains.
Five projects were selected to be implemented over the next two years, with an investment of more than CHF 2 million. This amount is made up of 74% co-financing from the Swiss economic cooperation SECO and 25% is contributed by the implementing and partnering organisations, both in cash and in kind.
Departments such as Huila, Santander, Magdalena, Guajira, Cesar, Antioquia, Nariño and Tolima, will provide the setting for developing innovations in the sector. Through bids, new international markets will be reached, which will aim to improve production and increase the income of their coffee growers.
Sustainability and inclusion are key to improving competitiveness, which is why the programme's five projects defined actions to strengthen the sector and introduce practices with regard to equity and environmental protection. Some of them include:
Hugo López, manager of Innovakit, summarises these initiatives which seek a systemic development of the coffee value chain and hopes to achieve these changes with a focus on transparency, inclusion and circularity.
With these five projects, the Colombia más Competitiva programme seeks to strengthen the application and certification of sustainable management practices in the production process of small and medium-scale crops and promote green and inclusive growth in the specialty coffee value chain.