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Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Environment (SAFE) Platform

  • Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Environment (SAFE) Platform


    To transform coffee and cocoa landscapes to create more people-centered and inclusive environments by adopting innovations that contribute to climate-smart and sustainable agricultural practices.


    Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Columbia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru


    More than half of the food produced in Latin America comes from smallholder farmers, many of whom still live in poverty. Some of the main challenges they face in improving their livelihoods are climate change, gender discrimination, age disparity and agricultural practices that are not adapted to climate change.


    The SAFE Platform, comprised of frontrunner private sector participants, donors and non-governmental organizations, creates and supports land-transforming projects that demonstrate it is possible to produce coffee and cocoa totally sustainably. SAFE Platform projects scale up innovative approaches in four main areas: promoting responsible supply chains and sourcing methods, adapting production and making land resilient to climate change, opening up access to financial services, and focusing on women and youth.

    Results so far

    The Platform has benefited more than 120,000 farmers and their families through higher market prices, access to improved infrastructure and learning best practices to improve their production and organization.

    Period and budget

    2016-2020, US $35 million


    Multilateral Investment Fund (donor) and the SAFE founding members: Hivos, Catholic Relief Services, the Coalition for Coffee Communities, ECOM Agrotrade Ltd, Farmer Bros Co., Grameen Foundation, Hans R. Neumann Stiftung, Keurig Green Mountain Inc., Rainforest Alliance, Root Capital, S&D Coffee & Tea, Fundación Solidaridad Latinoamericana, Starbucks Trading Coffee Company, Sustainable Commodity Assistance Network, the Committee on Sustainability Assessment

  • Coffee Barometer 2018

    Climate change puts coffee production under great strain, as coffee cultivation is threatened in regions that are most vulnerable to it. In countries as diverse as Brazil, Honduras, Uganda and Vietnam, areas currently suitable for the cash crop will decrease substantially by as early as 2020. This could potentially disrupt production and trade practices significantly.

    The situation shown by the last Coffee Barometer, published in June 2014, was already alarming. Since then, the discussion about sustainability in the coffee sector has continued, but little has been done.

    Coffee Barometer 2018 (PDF) explores the wide variety of environmental, social and economic issues threatening the future of coffee production, and pinpoints the gaping holes in our collective knowledge that urgently need to be tackled.

    Here, we examine the recent series of acquisitions and mergers within the global coffee industry and track the main trends. We address the unequal power relations embedded in the global coffee value chain and the main factors creating stress for producers at farm level. In view of these challenges, we examine the sector’s strategies for change, as well as individual and collective efforts to transform coffee in a truly sustainable sector.

    Coffee Barometer 2018 is a collaboration of Hivos, Solidaridad, Conservation International, COSA, Oxfam Worldshops and SAFE Platform.

    Man overlooking coffee fields
  • Coffee toolkit

    Integrating women and youth in the coffee value chain

    Coffee Toolkit 2015 (PDF file) was developed by SCP, Agri-ProFocus, Fair & Sustainable Advisory Services, IDH and Hivos for the coffee industry, in response to the demand for knowledge on how to best integrate women and youth in the coffee value chain and provides practical approaches and tools for stakeholders and service providers.

    The contents of the toolkit should serve to motivate and assist coffee roasters, traders and their practitioners to apply an inclusive approach to developing better functioning coffee chains, benefitting both men and women of different age groups equally.

    The interventions recommended may also trigger increased production, improved quality and ensure a steady supply of sustainable coffee now and in the future. For this purpose, the toolkit provides practical approaches and tools, which can be applied in the daily work of farmers, producer organizations, traders and roasters, extension and financial services, standard certification bodies and networks.

    For each group the toolkit provides a range of customized tools for planning, implementation or monitoring and evaluation of interventions. The reader can differentiate between tools specifically designed for women, young men and women, or both groups. Most of the tools do require experienced trainers for implementation. Coaches and trainers with specific tool experience are available in different countries to assist.