AMBASSADOR JUAN CARLOS GAMARRA PRESENTED PERU’S NATIONAL COFFEE POLICY AT THE 124 MEETING OF THE INTERNATIONAL COFFEE ORGANIZATION IN NAIROBI
During the 124 Council of the International Coffee Organization, held from 25 to 29 March 2019 in Nairobi, Kenia, Ambassador of Peru to the United Kingdom, Juan Carlos Gamarra, made a presentation about Peru’s national coffee policy.
The main guideline of the agricultural policy consists of promoting competitiveness based on the potential economic development of each region and enabling access to national and international markets while ensuring the sustainable use of natural resources and preserving cultural patrimony. Within this framework, the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation of Peru together with all the stakeholders involved in the coffee sector, launched in October 2018 the National Coffee Action Plan, which is the main instrument to carry out an agricultural coffee policy that is focused on three main aspects: associativity of farmers, increase of productivity, production sustainability and a better and broader access to market for coffee farmers.
Coffee in Peru is highly important because it is the first export among traditional agricultural products, it is of high quality, it is grown in 15 regions of Peru and employs 223,000 farmer families. It also involves 2 million people in the coffee value chain and contributes 5% to agricultural GDP.
Ambassador Gamarra highlighted the vision and mission of the National Coffee Action Plan, which aim at turning Peru into a producer and consumer country of sustainable high-quality coffee, explaining about the main strategic objectives and the great effort that was involved to gather all the pubic and private stakeholders of the coffee sector in order to achieve a comprehensive plan.
Finally, Ambassador Gamarra called upon all members of the coffee community, consumer and importer countries as well as roasters to address the issue of low coffee prices and achieve mutually beneficial solutions for all.