From 01 June 2015 to 31 May 2016, CDI will implement the project “Sustainable Coffee Production and Pro-poor Market Access (CPMA)” for Cau Dat coffee group under the sponsorship of Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).
The project aims to three objectives:
(i) promote the capacity of market participation and social entrepreneurship of the small coffee farmers group
(ii) strengthen production capacity and quality through standards and investment;
(iii) encourage social entrepreneurship amongst young people, farmers and communities.
Concrete outcomes of the project will be:
– Enhanced direct linkages between coffee producer-groups and markets for Cau Dat Fairtrade Coffee farmers
– Strengthened production capacity of the farmers group through better investment for quality of coffee
– Strengthen institutional capacity for the group into the sustainable business model of Cau Dat fairtrade Coffee Cooperative
– Raised awareness amongst the general public and consumers of the importance of ethically produced organic fairtrade coffee from Cau Dat
– Implementation of social entrepreneurship initiatives for the Cooperative to bring coffee products to consumption markets.
Throughout the year, the project’s budget of 77,195 USD will be used for the following activities:
- Assisting the group to establish cooperative with fairtrade and organic certification
- Training for the cooperative members on fair trade and organic standards where all members can adopt standards
- Investment of small scale facilities for coffee processing (such as wet processing facility and sorting machines, post harvest facilities) for 4-5 clubs of the cooperative so that they can produce export quality of green beans
- Support in trade mark registration of Cau Dat coffee (as a community or group ownership)
- Support the operation of an eco-tourism model (A farm to cup model – through the operation of eco-tourism coffee shop at farm will be open and receive visitors to understand the organic coffee farming and taste of Cau Dat coffee including onsite roasting and packaging facilities).
- Training in social entrepreneurship for the cooperative core members to run the eco-tourism business model.
Also in the framework of the project, officers from KOICA has visited and worked at CDI’s office as well as had a field trip to see the current of the coffee group in Cau Dat. KOICA and CDI are hoping the project will bring sustainable livelihoods and new developments in the manufacture of coffee business for coffee farmers in Cau Dat; while helping to more and more consumers realize the value, benefits and quality of fair trade coffee.