Certified coffee could help Nicaraguan farmers compensate for low global prices. But retraining them and implementing the program is a lengthy and costly process.
Project aim: Secure an income for coffee farmers in Nicaragua despite low global prices
Project implementation: Promote coffee certification and train farmers in sustainable agriculture
Project size: Nicaragua has some 44,000 coffee farmers, just 2,100 of which have a UTZ certification. Of the 225,000 tons of coffee produced in 2016/17, some 15,800 tons were UTZ certified. 350,000 people are employed during the coffee harvest
Higher income through UTZ certification: From 5 to 10 percent of the global price