Costa Rican coffee going climate-friendly

09.09.2016 – Costa Rica wants to become more climate-friendly, including in its coffee farming. GIZ is supporting this through training, advisory services and financing measures.

The ‘Umweltpolitik 3.0 – Das Festival der Zukunft’ (Environmental policy 3.0 – the festival of the future) festival is taking place on 10 and 11 September in Berlin and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH will be in attendance. At the celebrations marking the 30th anniversary of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), GIZ will present its work on the topic of environment and climate. In addition, visitors to the ‘Klima Café’ can enjoy climate-neutral coffee while familiarising themselves with a successful GIZ project.

Costa Rica is known around the world for its premium coffee. However, cultivation and processing impact the environment: The coffee sector is responsible for a quarter of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and nine per cent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions overall.

In order to make coffee cultivation in Costa Rica more climate-friendly and thus more sustainable, GIZ is supporting the country on behalf of the NAMA Facility in realising its climate targets through advisory services, investment finance and technology transfer. The NAMA Support Project is to help 6,000 Costa Rican coffee farmers and employees in around 50 coffee processing plants to introduce and apply climate-friendly cultivation and processing methods. The project advises them on, for example, using fertiliser and protective shade trees, and supports them in opening up international markets for climate-friendly coffee. In addition, promoting efficient technologies and their financing plays an important role.

Although the project has only been running since January 2016, it is already achieving initial results: in the first eight months, the project trained 480 people in 40 coffee-processing companies on climate-friendly production and cultivation measures. Two of the companies are already selling climate-friendly coffee. In addition, the project already concluded long-term contracts for high-quality coffee at stable prices with Japan and South Korea.

Background: The NAMA Facility

The NAMA Facility is a fund that was jointly set up by BMUB and the British Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy following the climate negotiations in Qatar (2012). It finances particularly ambitious nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) around the world.