Traceability Systems and Landscape Approaches for Sustainable Coffee Trade: Capturing and Reclaiming Value in the South

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    Consuming countries increasingly seek to ensure that value chains are deforestation-free. We are at a turning point where such value chains can be steered to the benefit or detriment of commodity-producing countries, depending on how deforestation-free requirements are implemented. If implemented poorly, deforestation-free policies could harm socio-ecologically rich, agroforestry-based commodity production systems that support rural livelihoods. They could also shift even more value to consuming countries where nature-tech companies’ traceability services are typically headquartered.

    Our project will promote deforestation-free requirements and traceability systems that prioritize the ecological, sociocultural, and economic well-being of producing countries. We will test solutions in designated pilot sites in Ethiopia, with a focus on the coffee sector. 

    We aim to foster sustainable, deforestation-free supply chains that emphasize ecological, sociocultural, and economic value creation in producing countries. Our project will identify ways to implement the EU Deforestation Regulation based on locally adapted, landscape-level sustainability criteria that support vulnerable producers. The project also aims to localize traceability (e.g. satellite monitoring) and certification services in Ethiopia, in order to create more value locally. Finally, the project will pursue opportunities for more stable and remunerative prices and other financial incentives for deforestation-free coffee, strengthening the business case for ecological practices in producing countries.

    Our project addresses pressing sustainable development needs concerning trade of forest-risk commodities following entry into force of the EU Deforestation Regulation.