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.

Climate change impacts on coffee plants

Fighting the Effects of Climate Change through a United Coffee Sector

Extreme droughts, heavy rainfalls, hailstorms, pests and diseases and climate change associated impacts such as an increasing gender gap and exacerbated poverty: People in tropical regions are the ones who suffer most from climate change. Within the coffee sector,...

Success on the horizon for Ugandan Cooperatives

In Ugandan smallholder coffee farmer communities, Farmer Organizations, also known as Cooperatives, have proven effective in increasing families’ household income through better market access and better prices. They also play a key role in building coffee farmers’...

The role of Cooperatives in climate change adaptation

Coffee is a lucrative cash crop for smallholder farmers around the globe but the impacts of climate change remain a serious threat. The climate risks range from intense droughts to unpredictable rain patterns and their impacts are very problematic including increased...

Teachers become exemplary farm entrepreneurs: ICP’s impact in Uganda

Paul Bhumba (47) and his wife Jane (37) are among 1.7 million Ugandan families who grow coffee as a key livelihood source. But for years, the full harvest potential of their 4-acre coffee farm has remained untapped. They would harvest about 2 bags (200kg) of coffee...

ICP releases Annual Report 2020

The International Coffee Partners (ICP) Annual Report 2020 has been released. While we all struggled with the COVID-19 pandemic, ICP-projects could still reach almost 28,000 smallholder coffee farmer families in 2020 in six regions around the globe with to the...

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