News Feed Item

Colombian Coffee Growers Federation Leads Effort in Getting Producers to Benefit From Their Environmental Services

The FNC Received Official Certification for Its Methodology to Measure and Manage Greenhouse Gases; Sells 6.725 tons of CO2 offsets

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 01/06/14 --

  • FNC-led biodiversity project in cooperation with GEF and local actors made the first sale of carbon credits possible to benefit 381 small coffee producers

  • Colombia's standards organism, ICONTEC, has certified the carbon footprint method from a product cycle perspective. It measures farming, milling, roasting, freeze drying, distribution and specialty coffee shop operations.

The Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC) is taking major steps in measuring the carbon footprint of Colombian coffees from a product cycle perspective. As a leader in research in coffee and its environmental impact, the organization is the first in the country to receive official certification for the measurement and management of greenhouse gases in the value chain of an agricultural product by the Colombian Institute for Technical Standards and Certification (ICONTEC), the highest national authority in the field of standardization, and also has the accreditation to perform certification processes in different areas including those related to climate change. Additionally, the FNC is the first to sell carbon offsets as a result of its environmental restoration in areas of ecological significance, efforts to benefit small coffee producers that are involved in its environmental conservation efforts.

The FNC's certification was based on the methods established in a pilot program in the municipality of La Union, Nariño. The project, which followed the production of 300,000 kilos of coffee, was led by the FNC's National Coffee Research Center (Cenicafe), but required the participation of all actors of the value chain.

"This certification has special meaning not only domestically but internationally," said Maria Z. Velez, director of ICONTEC. "This is one of the first exercises of its kind carried out in Colombia, covering all stages of the value chain of an agricultural product."

Besides certification, the project also:

  • Established an official methodology for calculating the footprint of the agro coffee chain
  • Identifies opportunities for each stage of the value chain to contribute to emission reduction
  • Created a single language regarding the measurement and management of carbon footprint, which facilitates understanding between the organization and various stakeholders
  • Identifies differentiators that add value to coffee products (goods and services)

The FNC has also announced another first for Colombia: the sale of environmental services from small coffee farmers involved in its environmental programs. By selling carbon capture certificates of 6.725 tons to a domestic roaster, the resulting income will directly benefit 381 coffee farmers and continue creating positive incentives for them to continue providing environmental services.

The sale was an added benefit of the FNC-led "Mainstreaming Biodiversity in the Coffee Sector in Colombia" project, which began in 2010 in cooperation with the UNDP and the World Bank's Global Environmental Facility and other local actors. The program has allowed coffee farmers to participate in the restoration of the biodiversity in 16 municipalities through the development of conservation corridors through the planting of native trees, protecting water sheds and the reduction of pollution generated by post-harvest processes.

Besides the sale of carbon-offset certificates, the program has also resulted in the education of thousands of farmers about biodiversity and promoted cooperation between organizations throughout the country. To date, 17, 212 producers, technicians and industry leaders have been trained and encouraged to use methods that restore biodiversity.

"Thanks to our long term efforts, local presence and scientific knowledge we are in a position to develop these very significant programs," said Luis Munoz, FNC's CEO. "Nowadays Colombian coffee producers not only produce high quality coffee, they provide significant services that are not compensated with the current economic model. We are committed to make this change possible and what we have accomplished this year is a significant step in this direction."

About the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC)

The FNC is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1927 that represents over 500,000 coffee growing families. Considered one of the largest rural organizations in the world, its mission is to improve the well-being and the quality of life of Colombian coffee producers. Under its Sustainability that Matters® programs, the FNC has developed an integral sustainability policy focused on coffee growers that includes productive, social and environmental initiatives. It also develops scientific research, technology transfer and social and industrial processes, supporting Colombian coffee production and commercialization. For more information, please visit:

www.federaciondecafeteros.org - www.cafedecolombia.com

Media contact:
Sandra Birbragher
Email Contact

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that Coalfire will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Coalfire is the trusted leader in cybersecurity risk management and compliance services. Coalfire integrates advisory and technical assessments and recommendations to the corporate directors, executives, boards, and IT organizations for global brands and organizations in the technology, cloud, health...
@ThingsExpo has been named the Top 5 Most Influential M2M Brand by Onalytica in the ‘Machine to Machine: Top 100 Influencers and Brands.' Onalytica analyzed the online debate on M2M by looking at over 85,000 tweets to provide the most influential individuals and brands that drive the discussion. According to Onalytica the "analysis showed a very engaged community with a lot of interactive tweets. The M2M discussion seems to be more fragmented and driven by some of the major brands present in the...
So you think you are a DevOps warrior, huh? Put your money (not really, it’s free) where your metrics are and prove it by taking The Ultimate DevOps Geek Quiz Challenge, sponsored by DevOps Summit. Battle through the set of tough questions created by industry thought leaders to earn your bragging rights and win some cool prizes.
As data explodes in quantity, importance and from new sources, the need for managing and protecting data residing across physical, virtual, and cloud environments grow with it. Managing data includes protecting it, indexing and classifying it for true, long-term management, compliance and E-Discovery. Commvault can ensure this with a single pane of glass solution – whether in a private cloud, a Service Provider delivered public cloud or a hybrid cloud environment – across the heterogeneous enter...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Transparent Cloud Computing (T-Cloud) Consortium will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. The Transparent Cloud Computing Consortium (T-Cloud Consortium) will conduct research activities into changes in the computing model as a result of collaboration between "device" and "cloud" and the creation of new value and markets through organic data proces...
The Internet of Things (IoT), in all its myriad manifestations, has great potential. Much of that potential comes from the evolving data management and analytic (DMA) technologies and processes that allow us to gain insight from all of the IoT data that can be generated and gathered. This potential may never be met as those data sets are tied to specific industry verticals and single markets, with no clear way to use IoT data and sensor analytics to fulfill the hype being given the IoT today.
SYS-CON Events announced today that MathFreeOn will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MathFreeOn is Software as a Service (SaaS) used in Engineering and Math education. Write scripts and solve math problems online. MathFreeOn provides online courses for beginners or amateurs who have difficulties in writing scripts. In accordance with various mathematical topics, there are more tha...
Governments around the world are adopting Safe Harbor privacy provisions to protect customer data from leaving sovereign territories. Increasingly, global companies are required to create new instances of their server clusters in multiple countries to keep abreast of these new Safe Harbor laws. Is it worth it? In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Adam Rogers, Managing Director of Anexia, Inc., will discuss how to keep your data legal and still stay in business.
More and more brands have jumped on the IoT bandwagon. We have an excess of wearables – activity trackers, smartwatches, smart glasses and sneakers, and more that track seemingly endless datapoints. However, most consumers have no idea what “IoT” means. Creating more wearables that track data shouldn't be the aim of brands; delivering meaningful, tangible relevance to their users should be. We're in a period in which the IoT pendulum is still swinging. Initially, it swung toward "smart for smar...
@ThingsExpo has been named the Top 5 Most Influential Internet of Things Brand by Onalytica in the ‘The Internet of Things Landscape 2015: Top 100 Individuals and Brands.' Onalytica analyzed Twitter conversations around the #IoT debate to uncover the most influential brands and individuals driving the conversation. Onalytica captured data from 56,224 users. The PageRank based methodology they use to extract influencers on a particular topic (tweets mentioning #InternetofThings or #IoT in this ...
P2P RTC will impact the landscape of communications, shifting from traditional telephony style communications models to OTT (Over-The-Top) cloud assisted & PaaS (Platform as a Service) communication services. The P2P shift will impact many areas of our lives, from mobile communication, human interactive web services, RTC and telephony infrastructure, user federation, security and privacy implications, business costs, and scalability. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Robin Raymond, Chief Architect...
Successful transition from traditional IT to cloud computing requires three key ingredients: an IT architecture that allows companies to extend their internal best practices to the cloud, a cost point that allows economies of scale, and automated processes that manage risk exposure and maintain regulatory compliance with industry regulations (FFIEC, PCI-DSS, HIPAA, FISMA). The unique combination of VMware, the IBM Cloud, and Cloud Raxak, a 2016 Gartner Cool Vendor in IT Automation, provides a co...
SYS-CON Events announced today that SoftNet Solutions will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. SoftNet Solutions specializes in Enterprise Solutions for Hadoop and Big Data. It offers customers the most open, robust, and value-conscious portfolio of solutions, services, and tools for the shortest route to success with Big Data. The unique differentiator is the ability to architect and ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Niagara Networks will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Niagara Networks offers the highest port-density systems, and the most complete Next-Generation Network Visibility systems including Network Packet Brokers, Bypass Switches, and Network TAPs.
In an era of historic innovation fueled by unprecedented access to data and technology, the low cost and risk of entering new markets has leveled the playing field for business. Today, any ambitious innovator can easily introduce a new application or product that can reinvent business models and transform the client experience. In their Day 2 Keynote at 19th Cloud Expo, Mercer Rowe, IBM Vice President of Strategic Alliances, and Raejeanne Skillern, Intel Vice President of Data Center Group and ...