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CLIMATE SMART COFFEE PROJECT IN MT.ELGON TO FEATURE IN BUDAPEST , BY MATHIAS NABUTELE

The Sustainability Forum @ 
​World of Coffee

​After a successful debut at World of Coffee 2016, we are excited to bring back the Sustainability Forum to World of Coffee exhibition in Budapest, 2017.
 
The Sustainability Forum will provide a space for sharing knowledge and ideas; connecting with industry professionals; and exploring opportunities of how you can get involved in transforming our industry for a more sustainable future..
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The Forum will deliver a vibrant ‘seed-to-cup’ focus that fosters engaging debate and dialogue around the challenges and opportunities towards a more sustainable coffee future at every step of the value chain—from sustainability challenges in coffee producing communities to challenges in your café.

​This year’s forum will feature:

  • A Speaker’s Corner where non-profits will share information how their organizations are tackling critical issues at origin such as gender equity, farmworker inclusion, farmer profitability and climate change. Come learn how you can support their efforts!
  • An opportunity for industry professionals—from café owners to sustainability communication experts—to share their journeys to design more sustainable café experiences for their customers.
  • Membership roundtable sessions with SCA Sustainability Leadership, including SCA’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Kim Elena Ionescu
  • The “#MakeCoffeeBetter: Critical Issues at Origin” exhibition—a thought-provoking collection of statistics, questions and case studies exploring how members of our industry are facing sustainability challenges with hope and innovation.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Please note, the schedule is subject to change.
 
TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2017
 
11:30-12:30pm   Meet the Progreso Foundation, 2017 SCA Sustainability Award Winner
                              Speaker: Angel Mario Martinez, Director, Progreso Foundation
 
In 2017, the Progreso Foundation, won the SCA’s Sustainability Award in the “Business Model” category for their unique and holistic approach to creating healthier value chains. Progresso is an organization working globally to improve the lives of millions of coffee and cocoa farmers, their families and communities worldwide, while restoring balance to our planet at the same time. Come learn about this organization’s innovative approach to sustainability.
 
 1-2pm                   Roundtable Discussion with SCA’s Sustainability Leadership for the Barista Community
                              Speakers:   Kim Elena Ionescu, Chief Sustainability Officer, SCA; Katherine Nolte-Ferguson, Coffee Trader/Sustainability Coordinator, SUCAFINA and Alberto Polojac, Owner, Imperator Coffee
 
The SCA believes that we need the collective coffee community to tackle the sustainability challenges facing our industry. The SCA’s Chief Sustainability Officer and members for the Sustainability Advisory Council want to share with the barista community their visions for a more sustainable future and hear about your challenges in your cafés. Come join this dynamic two-way dialogue to share sustainability challenges and discuss solutions with industry leadership.
 
2:30-3:30pm       Addressing Economic Sustainability for Coffee Producing Organizations: Innovations in Price Risk Management
Speakers:  Hugo Villela, Regional Agri-business Director, Oikocredit & Colleen Anunu, Sr. Manager, Coffee Supply, Fair Trade USA
 
Economic sustainability is a challenge for all coffee suppliers in a low and volatile market, but especially so for smallholder coffee producing organizations. When low market prices erode the profitability of smallholder production, there are short term effects on the ability to cover basic costs and pay equitable wages, and long term impacts on the ability to renovate farms and adapt to the changing climate. Innovations in lending and price risk management practices can be solutions to help mitigate these risks. This lecture discusses the basics of coffee production costs and the importance of cooperative managed risk management strategies for long term sustainability of smallholder coffee production
 
 
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14, 2017
 
10-11am              Global Collaboration:  We Are Stronger Together, Part 1
                            Speakers:  Niels Haak, Manager, Sustainable Coffee Policy, Conservation International; Kim Elena Ionescu, Chief Sustainability                             Officer, Specialty Coffee Association and Annette Pensel, Executive Director, Global Coffee Platform
 
Join us for an informal discussion with representatives from The Global Coffee Platform, the Sustainable Coffee Challenge and Coalition for Coffee Communities to learn how each of these organizations is using collaboration as a key tool to face industry sustainability challenges.  This session will be the first of a two part series. After hearing from these organizations during the Forum, join them from 3-5pm in the WoC Lecture Series as they kick-off the consultation on sectorwide Common Indicators for Sustainability.  All are welcome to either/both of the sessions!
 
11:30-12:30pm   Meet Funcafé, 2017 SCA Sustainability Award Winner
                            Speaker:  Margarita Cano, Executive Director, Funcafé
 
In 2017, Funcafé won the SCA’s Sustainability Award in the “Project” category for their work to deliver coffee-specific education to high school students in Guatemala.  Funcafé, in collaboration with USAID, Italian Cooperation, ANACAFE, Guatemalan Ministry of Education, and many coffee companies and cooperatives created the country’s first High School Center with Coffee Specialization in 2011.  Come learn how this work is supporting a more sustainable and profitable agroindustry for the globalized economy and local coffee communities.
 
 
1-2pm                   Roundtable discussion with SCA’s Sustainability Leadership for the Roaster Community
                              Speaker:   Kim Elena Ionescu, Chief Sustainability Officer, SCA; Chad Trewick, Consultant/Business Owner, Reciprocafé and Sarah Morrocchi, Founder, Vuna Origin Consulting
 
The SCA believes that we need the collective coffee community to tackle the sustainability challenges facing our industry. The SCA’s Chief Sustainability Officer and members for the Sustainability Advisory Council want to share with the barista community their visions for a more sustainable future and hear about your challenges at your roastery. Come join this dynamic two-way dialogue to share sustainability challenges and discuss solutions with industry leadership.
 
 
2:30-3:30pm       Innovations in Consumer Engagement in Sustainability:  Creating Inspiring Sustainability Campaigns 
                              Speaker: Gavin Ellis, Co-Founder, HUBBUB
 
One of the largest sustainability challenges facing the industry is supporting customers in understanding the importance in valuing sustainable coffee.  It is difficult to catalyze industry change if customers are not demanding the change. This session features the story of The Square Mile Challenge, a campaign lead by Hubbub, a UK sustainability advocacy organization, to get coffee shops to recycle paper cups.  Come learn about how Hubbub uses creative and playful collaborations like the Square Mile Challenge to inspire environmental campaigns that make a difference.
 
 
THURSDAY, JUNE 15, 2017 
 
10-11am              Behind the Seal:  “Behind the Seal: Meet Representatives from the International Fair Trade System”
                              Speakers: Rene Capote, Coffee Manager, Fairtrade International
 
Join us for an informal discussion with two leading certifying bodies.  Learn about what they do, why they do it and their goals for the future.  Bring your questions!
 
11:30-12:30pm   Climate Smart Coffee Through Improved Cookstoves at the Household Level
                              Speakers:  Mathias Nabutele, Community Social Worker, Coffee a Cup Growers Cooperative Society
 
Coffee a Cup Growers Cooperative is a washed arabica producer of Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance certified coffee, located in Mt. Elgon, Uganda.  This climate-smart coffee project aims to reduce pressure on surrounding native forest cover by planting 3 million trees on smallholder coffee plantations and introducing fuel efficient stoves into farmer households. Goals of this project are improved on-farm microclimate, improved soil fertility and soil life, improved conditions for endangered species and more climate resilient coffee farms for local communities.
 
 
2:30-4:00pm       Mix and Mingle, Community Sustainability Leaders
ALL ARE WELCOME!
 
In the final session, we invite all World of Coffee Attendees to a meet and green session with contributors to the Sustainability Forum and SCA Sustainability Leadership.  Join us for a casual reception to meet with the industry sustainability thought leaders featured throughout the 3-day Sustainability Forum.

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