2nd Vietnamese Coffee Sustainability Forum

Over 120 stakeholders meet in Ho Chi Minh City to advance sustainability in the Vietnamese coffee sector

Ho Chi Minh City, 5 December 2012. On behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), the vice director of the Crop Production Department, Prof. Mr. Pham Van Du today inaugurated the second Vietnamese Coffee Sustainability Forum: “Rolling out sustainable coffee practices through public-private cooperation”. Over 120 participants representing the main stakeholders in the Vietnamese coffee sector took part in the event. The Forum was organized by the 4C Association in collaboration with MARD and the Sustainable Coffee Program, powered by IDH (The Sustainable Trade Initiative).

The Forum included a presentation by MARD providing an overview of Vietnam’s coffee sector, its policies and an outlook on the sector’s growth. This included the aspect of coffee rejuvenation. The National Agricultural Extension Centre (NAEC) spoke of its capacity building approach while the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development (IPSARD) informed about efforts to establish a national coffee coordination institution for the Vietnamese coffee sector. Different private sector contributions highlighted perspectives from coffee farmers, exporters and industry, including Nestlé and Mondelez International. On behalf of the public-private partners of the Sustainable Coffee Program, IDH shared goals, approach, as well as concrete cooperation plans for Vietnam.

Sustainability is now a core business factor around the world. Taking into account factors such as roasters’ focus on sustainable sourcing of verified / certified coffees and the need to create impact for the farming communities, Utz Certified, Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade and 4C Association gave input on lessons learned and recommendations for the implementation of coffee sustainability standards in Vietnam.

Participants in the Forum learnt first-hand about successful partnerships between public institutions and private sector actors that are contributing to the improvement of sustainability practices in the Vietnamese coffee sector. The Forum therefore provided a platform to share information and practical experiences on the successes and challenges of sustainable coffee production, processing and trading in order to scale up sustainable practices.

“It is crucial that governments, coffee research institutes, VICOFA, international and local exporters and NGOs continue to unite their efforts, share their knowledge and work together to increase farmers’ access to capacity building and training. It has been proved that it works so it is time to bring public-private cooperation to the next level. This will be the only way to scale up the production of sustainably produced coffee and secure the future of the sector”, stated Robert Waggwa Nsibirwa, Chairman of the 4C Council and Board Member of the African Fine Coffees Association (AFCA).

Given the excellent reception of the Forum, the participants agreed to organize the event on a regular basis in Vietnam.

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Over 120 participants took part in the 2nd Vietnamese Coffee Sustainability Forum.