Together for resilient coffee-farming families!
Who We Are
A strong pre-competitive partnership of eight committed 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.
José Reis de Resende, a smallholder coffee farmer in São Francisco de Paula, Brazil; is relatively new to coffee farming as he only started in 2014. Before José began coffee farming, he drove sick patients from one city to another doing this for 28 years. However, in 2012, he noticed a shaking in his hand, and after a visit to his doctor, he was informed he had Parkinson’s Disease. This lead to his employer firing him, which left him and his family with a reduced income. Luckily, José had some savings, and with that money, he bought a plot of land and started planting coffee. José also enrolled in the ICP project that was offered in his area where he learned valuable information and techniques for combating climate change. Climate adaptation is José’s most serious topic at the moment as he has noticed a change of seasons with shorter raining periods and more sunny, hot days. He has applied what he has learned from the training such as mulching and shade trees to help and has already seen in a short time an increase in his overall production. He is now focusing on coffee varieties and providing a higher quality specialty coffee. Currently, José can continue providing for his family and is excited about what the future of coffee has in store for him.