Initiative for sustainable coffee production is launched
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CTA. 2004. Initiative for sustainable coffee production is launched. Agritrade, January 2004. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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On December 8 th -9 th 2003 a joint UNCTAD, IISD initiative led to the...
On December 8 th -9 th 2003 a joint UNCTAD, IISD initiative led to the establishment of an interim steering committee for the creation of a ‘Sustainable Coffee Partnership'. The workshop brought together some 80 to 90 representatives from coffee associations, coffee trading and roasting businesses, Fair Trade and organic-labelling organisations, the funding community and inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations. Key issues to be addressed under the initiative include: securing financing for sustainable coffee production; contracts; sustainability standards and the formal establishment of a ‘Sustainable Coffee Partnership'. The background document to the brainstorming session reviews: the different dimensions of sustainability (economic, environmental, social); the actions which have been taken or are being taken to promote sustainability; a possible integrated approach to sustainability in the coffee sector, particularly the role of ‘fair trade' labelling; the scope for international cooperation in promoting sustainable coffee production. Comment: While USAID and the World Bank joined in the work of the interim steering committee the European Commission is not participating in the initiative in such a high-profile way.