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Lavazza Foundation Presentation & Reception

From Brazil to Colombia: A Journey with Local Farmers and Agronomists Through Sustainable Coffee Project.

An overview of the Lavazza Foundation and the sustainability projects approach. The discussion will focus on the Lambari project and the capacity to adapt livelihoods and production systems to climate change. It will also explore of the area of Lambari, located in the state of Minas Gerais, the largest coffee producing state in Brazil. Since 2010, the Lavazza Foundation in partnership with Hanss R. Neumann Stiftung, has been managing a sustainability project to contribute to increase the income of small-scale coffee farmers, supporting climate change adaptation and good agricultural practices.
There will be further exploration of Colombia in the department of Meta. Since 2013, this area is part of the government program of “Lands restitution” where empty plots of lands are been reassigned and given back to displaced peasant families. Farmers are slowly coming back so this region will recover the once lost life. The presentation will illustrate the achievements and challenges that coffee farmers in the Meta department are facing every day. The presentation will conclude with a deep dive on how the collaboration with Rainforest Alliance has positively impacted both communities in Brazil and Colombia, creating sustainable working conditions and raising the coffee quality as well as the productivity of the plantations through sustainable cultivation standards.

Location: Lecture Room 1