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  • US $30 million for a
    low-emission coffee sector

  • Helping 6,000
    coffee farmers reduce
    their carbon footprint

  • Supporting Costa Rica´s goal to

    become carbon neutral

  • First low carbon
    coffee worldwide

  • Implementing
    the first agricultural NAMA 
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Business conference brings coffee mills, financial intermediaries and technology providers together to decarbonize coffee production


Representatives of coffee mills participated in the business conference "Promoting Low-Carbon, Energy-Efficient and Environmentally Sustainable Coffee" organized on behalf of ICAFE, the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) and German Development Cooperation GIZ.

  • “Yes, we in the coffee sector are totally vulnerable to climate change. Because, due to climate change rainfall patterns are less predictable.”

    - Victor Vargas National Coffee Institute
  • “It serves the coffee industry to be involved in these projects thinking about two things: to reduce emissions partly to mitigate and additionally sell coffee at a better price.”

    - Carlos Fonseca National Coffee Institute
  • “The coffee entering the coffee mill is not the same when it comes out, it has been modified. All this generates emissions.”

    - Kathia Aguilar Climate Change Department (MINAE)
  • “Climate changes, droughts, and changes in temperature greatly affect the sustainability of coffee.”

    - Sandra Spies Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
  • "The NAMA Cafe is an important opportunity considering that coffee is a crop that generates a strong impact on social, economic and environmental level throughout the Central American region, generating foreign currency and employment.”

    - Ángel Murillo Sánchez Central American Bank for Economic Integration
  • “The NAMA Cafe not only contributes to environmental sustainability, but also to rural development of our countries, through more efficient products on environmental issues.”

    - Anisorc Brito Ramírez Central American Bank for Economic Integration
  • "A good effect of climate change is that people are starting to change their way of consumption."

    - William Ernest Inter-American Development Bank
  • “We will have to adapt to new weather conditions, especially in a sector such as agriculture. Coffee producers have to start deciding what plan of action to take.”

    - Andrea Meza Climate Change Department (MINAE)
  • “Each agricultural system should try to increase its resistance and resilience to climate change by making certain adjustments in its structure, in the composition of crops and the production system.”

    - Reinhold Muschler Tropical Agriculture Research and Higher Education Center
  • “There are people who believe that actions addressing climate change must occur only in the field, but we need help, it is not only the responsibility of farmers but the whole world.”

    - Jaime Salazar Sánchez Coopecerro Azul coffee mill

NAMA Café de Costa Rica

Costa Rica has the ambitious goal to become carbon neutral by 2021. Therefore, it has established a number of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) to support the country´s efforts in tackling climate change and finding its own path toward low-carbon development. Since the production of coffee is an integral part of the history and identity of Costa Rica and contributes 9 % of the national GHG emissions, a NAMA for the sector was developed.

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NAMA Support Project
"Low-Carbon Coffee Costa Rica"

The NAMA Support Project aims to support production and processing of low-emission and sustainable coffee in Costa Rica in 5 intervention areas:

  • Sustainable coffee production
  • Cost efficient and low emission technologies in coffee mills
  • NAMA Café MRV System
  • Competitiveness and access to differentiated markets
  • Engaging the financial sector – NAMA Credit Fund

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