Medan, October 1, 2013 — Lutheran World Relief (LWR), Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) and Fair Trade USA (FT USA) are co-hosting Temu Kupi Sumatra 2013 – an international coffee forum between September 30 and October 2 in Medan, Indonesia. September 30 and October 1 have consisted of internal meetings with GMCR and the company’s supply chain during the Intercambio portion of the event.
On October 2, LWR will host Temu Kupi Sumatra 2013, an event open to members of the Sumatran coffee supply chain – including producers, cooperatives, representatives from the private sector, government officials and non-governmental organization (NGO) staff – to discuss a variety of topics related to coffee production and learn from others working in the field. Temu Kupi gives participants the opportunity to have an open dialogue on challenges and successes in coffee production in Sumatra.
Throughout the day on October 2, LWR will host sessions on the international coffee market, business negotiations and risk management, the role of NGOs, credit and financing for coffee cooperatives, traceability, environmental considerations, coffee certification and the producers’ perspective on all of these topics. Overall, Temu Kupi aims to provide members of the coffee community a series of engaging and informative discussions on improving coffee production in Sumatra, increasing transparency in the supply chain and tackling complex issues that participants face in their work in this sector.
The opening session (9:00 am – 9:30 am) and closing session (4:15 pm – 5:00 pm) in Cypress II are open to local media. Representatives from LWR, GMCR and FT USA will be available for interviews between 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm in Cypress III at the Grand Aston. Press should register between 8:00 am and 9:00 am or 11:00 am and 12:00 pm in the Cypress Lobby at the Grand Aston.
Follow the conversation on social media using #TemuKupi.
WHO IS LWR? Lutheran World Relief, an international nonprofit organization, works to end poverty and injustice by empowering some of the world’s most impoverished communities to help themselves. With partners in 35 countries, LWR seeks to promote sustainable development with justice and dignity by helping communities bring about change for healthy, safe and secure lives; engage in Fair Trade; promote peace and reconciliation; and respond to emergencies. LWR is headquartered in Baltimore, Md. and has worked in international development and relief since 1945. For more information, please visit lwr.org.
Lutheran World Relief is a ministry of U.S. Lutherans, serving communities living in poverty overseas.