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 82,945 farmer family households with the outlook of reaching an additional 50,000 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.
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.
Climate change adaptation is needed which is why we helped found the Initiative for coffee&climate and why with the help of @ConservationOrg, @GCPcoffee, @IDH_buzz, and @SpecialtyCoffee, the #ClimateCatalogue was created. https://t.co/aeIE1S5Zlv
Did you know that ICP is together with @AustrianDev active in #Ethiopia? Our Chairperson @kathrinelofberg and Desalegn Eyob, Country Director from our implementing partner @HRNStiftung, answer all important questions about it. You have more? Let us know!
We wish you a Happy New Year 2020! 💥🍾🎆 May you all experience dreams coming true, success and health. Most of all, we are looking forward to continue the important work to improve the situation of smallholder coffee farmer families 🌱👩🔧👨🔧👨👩👧👦
Many youth turn their backs on agriculture. Sad. The next generation is the one shaping rural areas of the future. Our project work in Brazil gives perspectives for youth and as side effect supports them to develop self-confidence, visions and strength.
Women in coffee production are often not able to release their full potential. They might not be seen as capable or do not have relevant roles in male dominated societies. ICP-projects aim to address this situation. Bringing change like in El Salvador.
Gean from #Brazil is a coffee farmer who is taking his family business serious. He is improving on the quality of his specialty coffee. Through project support by ICP, he is now setting up a group with fellow farmers to promote coffee from his region.
We are supporting smallholder coffee farmer families 👨👩👧👦🌱 to find best adaptation practices to react to the effects of climate change. ☀️🌧💨 With our project PROTCAFES in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, we are doing that since 2012. 🌱👍
Great news today! @coffee_partners is extending its work to #Ethiopia. We are thrilled to work in this fascinating country to support 2,500 smallholder families. We are especially pleased to work with @AustrianDev @ADCinEthiopia
In the Trifinio region of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala we are part of the PROTCAFES project. Increasing quality and knowing what quality the own coffee has is a core element. We are happy that an external evaluation proofed the work succesful.
Higher productivity, better farm resilience and adaptation to climate change: Meet Ibu Wonten and Pak Suripto in Indonesia. A smallholder coffee farming couple that managed an amazing transition with participation in our project. Read their story!
Smallholder coffee families are experiencing the negative impacts of climate change. Adaptation and mitigation are possible and we at International Coffee Partners support farmers in that. https://t.co/w43IJUokhT
In the Trifinio region of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala we are part of the PROTCAFES project. Quality and knowledge are core elements of our project work. So, we are happy that an external evaluation proofed that the work is successful.
Great news from #Brazil! First time two women farmer won in the two categories of Força Café Coffee Quality Championship in Brazil during 6th edition. Congratulations to Joseane Borges da Silva and Rosangela Moura Alves! @Lofbergs @PauligFi @Lavazza @Tchibo_presse3
In Brazil the 6th Força Café Coffee Quality Championship is underway. 10 testers from Germany, US and Brazil cup 64 finalist coffee lots. All coming from farmers who benefit from our participation in Força Café-projects in the region.
@Lofbergs @PauligFi @Tchibo_presse @Lavazza
The communication experts of @coffee_partners shareholders are dedicated to tell the stories of the smallholder coffee farmer families we support. At @_DeltaCafes_ in Portugal they planned how to do that in 2020. @Lofbergs @Lavazza @PauligFi @Tchibo_presse @HRNStiftung
"No, what you are saying is not true. I have good coffee." Watch how smallholder coffee farmers in Central America could improve on the quality of their coffee through ICP projects. @PauligFi @Lofbergs @Lavazza @Tchibo_presse
Our work in #Brazil is part of Força Café - a regional approach implemented by @HRNStiftung. We support family coffee farmers. The annual Coffee Championship proofs impact on coffee quality. This year from Oct 20 - 26 and we received over 180 specialty coffee samples!3
#InternationalCoffeeDay! We do thank the farmers who grow the coffee we love and are grateful that we can support them through ICP-projects in which we build up strong relationships from crop to cup.
Coffee production in #Brazil is highly industrialized. But family farmers account for 35% of the national production. They are the backbone of Brazil's #Coffee industry. ICP is working close with them and supports them to release their full potentials. https://t.co/gLbm62UyIK