Nespresso Will Invest 20 Million In DRC to Support Coffee Growing Community & Revival of Specialty Coffee

Nespresso is set to invest $20 million in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by 2026, focusing on coffee purchases, price premiums, and technical assistance. This initiative is part of the unique Nespresso Reviving Origins program, which was founded 10 years ago to restore coffee agriculture in regions where it is under threat. Since its launch in 2020, the program has enabled the production of high-quality Arabica coffee from the Lake Kivu region, which has been devastated by decades of political and economic instability.

Nespresso’s CEO, Guillaume Le Cunff, emphasizes the importance of supporting the local community and economy by providing access to global markets and empowering farmers in their agricultural transition. The company has partnered with partners such as the Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI/ASILI), TechnoServe, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), The Global Environment Facility (GEF), Clarmondial, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and Virunga Coffee to restore and revitalize Kivu as a leading source of high-quality Arabica coffee.

The program aims to build community resilience, access to healthcare and clean water, and support farmer livelihoods by continuing to give them access to the global market and empowering them in their agricultural transition. With the continued investment of $20 million in the region and the ambition to raise funds of another $20 million USD, Nespresso aims to continue the work to back the revival of the DRC coffee sector.

Nespresso’s unique sustainable green coffee sourcing program, the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program, provides the foundation for the Reviving Origins program. For 20 years, the AAA Program has built strong relationships with coffee farmers worldwide to protect nature and strengthen communities’ resilience. When supporting rebuilding and reviving the coffee sector in DRC, Nespresso will further deploy the AAA Program and support farmers in implementing regenerative practices such as crop diversification, stumping, soil health improvement, agroforestry, and biodiversity tracking tools using DRC’s unique birdlife.

Nespresso has also collaborated with an impact digital start-up since 2020 to verify and trace coffee production by harnessing power technology.

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