Coffee Plantations Present Recovery Plan

The Costa Rican coffee sector has put together a proposal for an integrated recovery of the country's coffee cultivations.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The proposal covers four high level issues:

a. The recovery of agricultural productivity
b. The profitability of the agroindustrial coffee supply chain
c. The optimization of commercial opportunities
d. The design of future institutional and legal frameworks

The proposal also suggests that companies should be invited to participate in an eventual negotiation table.

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Costa Rica: Coffee Plantation Renewal Plan

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The Coffee Roasters' Association sees the plan as a good sign but warns that a review of the whole agri-food supply chain is also needed.

Though the Coffee Roasters' Association welcomed the initiative from Costa Rica’s national coffee institute (Icafe), it insists that the current supply issues require an integrated approach with the involvement of multiple sectors.

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