About 19,000 farmers producing sustainable coffee.

(CDC) – By the end of 2014, in Vietnam has had about 19,000 farmers producing coffee under 4C Standard – the general principle on sustainable coffee production for international coffee farming community – in the framework of project NESCAFÉ Plan. The production as this international sustainable standard helps Vietnam coffee to be sold with higher price in international market.

Farmers practiced with coffee baby tree, source: Nestlé Vietnam

According to 2014 final report of NESCAFÉ Plan program, shown by Nestlé Việt Nam Company today (24-12), compared to 2013, the quantity of farmers participated in production under 4C Standard increasing 51%, contributing to strenghthen the sustainable coffee planting activities on economic, social and enviroment issues. The area of planting coffee under 4C standard increased from 10,000hectas in 2013 to 20,000hectas in 2014. However, this area has been still a small part of total coffee area of whole country (about 500,000 hectas)
Project NESCAFÉ Plan organized training for farmers about 4C standard in Đăk Lăk, Đăk Nông, Lâm Đồng. Moreover, the project also supported techniques for about 31,000 farmers during this year. The 4C standard is a main tool of 4C Association to encorage producing, processing and trading sustainable coffee bean. This standard includes 10 unexcepted practices that all member countries must eliminate before participating in Association such as using the banning plant protection drugs or using children labours.
When producing coffee under 4C standard, the farmer must meet 28 standards such as; minimizing plant protection drugs, applying reserveing soil measures, reducing erosion…Thence, farmers can receive the benefit such as: reducing cost, improving coffee productivity, protecting environment…Moreover, the farmers also update the market price information…
4C Association (Headquater in Bonn,Germany) is Organization including the individual, companies, non-government organizations over the world, participating and committing to handle the problems related to sustainable development for coffee sector.
Resource: TBKTSG Online

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