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Frequently Asked Questions - the Sustainable Coffee Program


A Practical Guide to Successful Stakeholder Cooperation Through National Sustainability Curriculum

National Sustainability Curriculum (NSCs) are fundamental elements of the Sustainable Coffee Program’s (SCP) approach to globalizing sustainable production. An NSC is a document created by both private and public stakeholders in a producing country, which creates alignment on the biggest threats to production and the sustainable farming techniques that should be applied to address them. Endorsed by the local government, it serves as the foundation for practical field manuals, which train farmer trainers in sustainable farming techniques.

This booklet details the challenges, success and learnings gained during the process of developing NSCs in Uganda, Vietnam, Tanzania and Brazil.


Toolkit- Sustainable Coffee As a Family Business, Approaches and Tools to Include Women and Youth

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The toolkit was developed for the coffee industry, in response to the demand for knowledge on how to best integrate women and youth in the coffee value chain and provides practical approaches and tools for stakeholders and service providers. The contents of the toolkit should serve to motivate and assist coffee roasters, traders and their practitioners to apply an inclusive approach to developing better functioning coffee chains, benefitting both men and women of different age groups equally. The interventions recommended may also trigger increased production, improved quality and ensure a steady supply of sustainable coffee now and in the future.


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Stepping-up from 4C Compliance to UTZ Certification: Guide 


The Federation of National Coffee Growers of Colombia (FNC), the Sustainable Coffee Program (SCP) Powered by IDH, Tchibo GmbH, the 4C Association and UTZ Certified have produced, Stepping-up from 4C Compliance to UTZ Certification. A ‘how to’ guide that helps farmers take the first, crucial steps on their sustainability journey, providing a strong foundation for them to move to higher levels of sustainability practices such as those required to achieve UTZ Certification.


Guide to Access Credit Lines for Coffee Growers  

This Guide presents the main credit lines available in Brazil, to help coffee growers become more sustainable. Growers who wish to produce in a responsible way must consider the sustainability pillars, but adapting their farm to do so may increase cost and require investments. There is however credit available to do so. Several federal and state initiatives provide resources with favorable terms to producers. Many of these credit lines are not frequently accessed, due to lack of infomation. These opportunities are presented in this guide and have been divided into four focus areas that describe their characteristics, Environmental, Social Economic and Regional. 



Growing Coffee Without Endosulfan  



Growing Coffee without Endosulfan, is a joint report produced by the Pesticide Action Network, the 4C Association and the Sustainable Coffee Program to identify the key lessons for farmers, agronomists and suppliers, on how farms have been successful in stopping the use of Endosulfan. The prohibition of Endolsufan has presented great challenges to many farmers, who had used it to control the coffee berry borer, a vehement coffee pest.

This project has developed a collection of ‘good stories from the field’ and other materials including videos to help communicate alternative pest control techniques (IPMs) and substitutes not widely available to growers. An overview of successful IPM methods is available on the 4C website here. From the overview, links are availableto videos, in which farmers discuss the methods they use, the costs and benefits, their personal tips and recommendations, and more detailed guidance documents. The documentation is complemented by farm case studies and supplementary information. The findings of this report help to increase productivity at farm level, back the credibility of the sustainability claims, as well as promote compliance with international and national laws and regulations.



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Colombia: 2-page Business Case

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Colombia: Full Business Case

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Indonesia: 2-Page Business Case

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Indonesia: Full Business Case

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Vietnam: Full Business Case

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Vietnam: Business Case (two-pager)

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Uganda: Full Business Case

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Uganda: Business Case (two-pager)
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Brazil: Full Business Case
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Brazil: Business Case (two-pager)

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Ethiopia: Full Business Case
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Ethiopia: Business Case (two-pager)

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