Thursday on 15th July 2021: Rwanda hosted the 3rd World Coffee Producers’ Forum (WCPF). The virtual conference convened more than 2,000 participants from 70 countries across the globe including coffee producers, industry representatives, government officials, multilateral agencies, coffee business… where they discussed and seek solutions for issues threatening farmers' livelihoods and coffee production.
WCPF’s virtual gathering which took place under the theme “Coffee Farmers’ Prosperity” highlighted supporting coffee growers to further their social and economic development, and support sustainable inter-generational growth, success, and opportunity in the coffee sector. At the same time, it focused greatly on Rwanda, with the goal of building enthusiasm for the official in-person forum in July 2022 in Kigali.
The third WCPF also served as the base to develop guidelines, to be approved in the in-person gathering in Kigali, Rwanda in July 2022, for the creation of National Coffee Sustainability Plans that will help producing countries design and implement comprehensive coffee policies to secure the future of a coffee sector where coffee producers are prosperous and coffee production is sustainable.
According to Juan Esteban Orduz, the President of Colombian Coffee Federation and Chairperson of World Coffee Producers Forum, coffee industry players should work together in seeking solutions for the sector’s common problems : “we have to work jointly and co-responsibly to make permanent changes to issues that compromise the future supply of coffee.”
"Coffee production has been at the core of farm family livelihoods in Rwanda for many generations. It serves as source of cash income for over 350,000 households operating on a surface area of 42,000 Hectares" The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Dr. Geraldine Mukeshimana told participants.