The first meeting took place on 29 October 2019 for a new ‘circular coffee’ project in Peru.
The project is introducing the principles of circularity along the coffee value chain from Peru to The Netherlands.
The aim is to reduce the use of resources whilst creating an economically viable solution to manage coffee waste from the farm to cup.
The partners in the project include Solidaridad, Jacobs Douwe Egberts, Olam Peru, The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), cooperative Cuencas del Huallaga and Peru’s National Forestry Division, SERFOR.
Gina Canales, Sustainability Manager at Jacobs Douwe Egberts said the project will also enable coffee farmers to increase production, but it is the concept of circularity is at its heart.
At various points in the supply chain, waste will be used to create new products which will help coffee producers and their families and tackle environmental challenges in the sector.
The project will also train coffee farmers in circular farming practices that make them more resilient to climate change.
Solidaridad’s model for the project includes soil conservation and management; shade management; recycling biological waste into fertilizer; and reducing wastewater by 80 per cent.
Producers will also be supported to help them obtain land use permits from the government to plant coffee under agroforestry systems.
The project will also have a strong gender/family-based approach and a Circular Coffee Fund will be used to provide loans to help farmers make the necessary investment.