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How Can Coffee Smallholder Producer Organisations Thrive as International Businesses?

There are estimated to be over three million cooperatives worldwide employing 280 million people. Smallholder farmers account for most of the production of the world’s food, and 80% of the world’s coffee. So how can the sector support smallholder producer organisations (SPO) and enable the whole supply chain to thrive?

Twin has produced a report that examines the role of SPOs in the coffee supply chain. It outlines challenges they face and examples of both when they flourish, and when they fail. This session will share key findings from the report and recommendations for industry stakeholders to enable better working relationships and strengthen the future of coffee.

This presentation will reference and reinforce existing evidence showing that effective SPOs can benefit farmers, their communities and the whole coffee sector. It will guide attendees through best practice case studies and include perspectives from both buyers and producers.

The session will demonstrate that every actor in the coffee supply chain has the power to invest in SPOs and their communities while operating in a sustainable way. The coffee sector has the potential to empower smallholder producers and help them become robust and resilient businesses delivering long lasting value to everyone.

Category: Trading and Commerce

Lecture Room 3

Target Audience: Producers, Traders, Roasters, Retail Operators and Coffee Enthusiasts