Together for resilient coffee-farming families!

Who We Are

A strong pre-competitive partnership of eight committed family-owned coffee companies working for a more prosperous future for farming families.

The vision of International Coffee Partners (ICP) is to improve smallholder coffee farmers’ livelihoods by making them more competitive, based on sustainable practices. This vision goes beyond implementing individual development projects; ICP’s objective is to contribute to establishing a fair and sustainable coffee sector in all coffee producing regions and countries.

ICP works under a strategic partnership with the foundation Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung as the implementer of its projects worldwide and administrator of the organization.

A Starting Point

International Coffee Partners (ICP) considers itself a learning organization which is interested in evaluating positive and critical experiences with partners to expand further approaches and enhance the effectiveness of project interventions. Since 2001, ICP has worked with 92,693 farmer family households with the outlook of reaching an additional 40,000 households by 2023. Critical factors moving forward are that many producer communities are becoming older as youth migrates from producing areas which do not offer the kind of lifestyle they are looking for; that leads to difficult intergenerational dialogue, restricted access to expertise, financial resources, and land, combined with limited economic and social perspectives, are significant drivers behind rural-urban migration. This trend is exacerbated by climate change, environmental degradation, and price volatility. All of which are being addressed, monitored, and tracked by the work of ICP.

ICP is the leading promoter of impact-oriented support to coffee farmer families and youth in producing regions. ICP’s approach places emphasis on the human being and their perspectives.

Our Impact

Ibu Wonten and Pak Suripto are a smallholder coffee-farming couple that lives in Bendeng Tiga Village in the Gunung Raya highlands of OKU Selatan Regency, Indonesia. They managed to diversify and enhance the climate-resilience of their coffee farm. As a couple they turned around the ailing coffee production on their 2-ha farm. The approximately 3,000 coffee trees of varying ages produced so little coffee that the couple initially decided to grow vegetables instead of coffee. “At the time, we did not yet work effectively, and we could only focus on either the vegetables or the coffee, but not both.” Pak Suripto contends.

International Coffee Partners (ICP) launched together with The J. M. Smucker Company a project which includes activities to support local smallholder farmer families to become better equipped to deal with a hotter and maybe drier climate. The project, implemented by Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS) actively supports and coaches farmers to experiment and trial with approaches and methods that are best adapted to their own farms.

International Coffee Partners (ICP) Provides Emergency Relief Fund for Smallholder Families After Hurricanes Eta and Iota

Maria Sarmiento and her husband Carlos Fuentes were getting ready to start picking season right before Hurricane Eta landed on the shores of Ocotepeque, Honduras and made 20% of their cherries fall. Weeks later, Hurricane Iota hit, bringing new landslides that further...

Alleviating the impact of COVID-19 on farmers in Uganda and Tanzania

It was not too long ago that Teddy Nakyambadde, a young farmer from Mityana, Uganda, was struggling as a single mother to make ends meet and feed her young son. Today however, she is a dynamic agri-business woman growing and selling coffee, tomatoes, maize and beans...

ICP Theory of Change ready for download

ICP’s vision is to improve smallholder farmer families’ livelihoods. To achieve that, ICP is not here for the short term. International Coffee Partners is committed to long-term projects and long-term impact in the coffee sustainability sector. That’s why ICP recently...

How COVID-19 impacts smallholder coffee farmer families

The ongoing COVID-19 crisis poses long-term risks on the livelihood situation of smallholder coffee farmer families around the globe. When the Coronavirus pandemic started, International Coffee Partners (ICP) remained committed to its support for these families from...

ICP releases Annual Report 2019

International Coffee Partners (ICP) has released its Annual Report 2019. In the past year, ICP-projects reached almost 49,000 smallholder coffee farmer families in six regions around the globe. As a result of the projects, the average coffee production increased for...

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