Organic Coffee Facing new Challenges

To be able to adapt to changes on the certification process for entry to Europe, growers will need additional investment.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Several coffee growers organizations are working in a strategy for producing organic material with their own resources.

Martha Estela Gutiérrez is the Executive Director of the Small Coffee Growers Association of Nicaragua. She told newspaper La Prensa: "One of the issues is the lack of a government policy for organic coffee ... coffee growers are preparing an integral organic coffee strategy, with the possibility of producing with materials located in the plantations, thus producing organic materials with resources already available to them".

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Guatemala: Organic Coffee Exports Grow

September 2015

Compared to the previous harvest, in the 2014/15 crop sales to US grew by 120% and 183% to Europe, boosted by favorable international prices.

The National Coffee Association announced that total exports of organic coffee increased by between 14% and 21% in annual terms, noting exports to new markets such as Greece, Norway, Sweden and Poland.

Honduras is World's Largest Exporter of Organic Coffee

April 2013

During 2012 Honduras exported 303,206 bags of organic coffee, making it the highest global exporter of this type of grain.

Figures from the Statistics Committee at the International Coffee Organization (ICO), reveal that the sale of these 303,206 60-kg bags, was 26,701 more bags than reported in 2011, when there were 276,505 bags.

Spaniards To Train Panamanian Coffee Growers

February 2010

ETEA foundation will train growers in coffee certification and traceability techniques.

Vicente Gonzalez, director of the foundation, remarked that if the proposal is approved, the training programs will be focused on organic production.

“These programs will help small growers in exporting to the European market… No investment figures have been made available yet, but it is known that the Spanish entity will open an office in the country”, reported

Nicaragua Looking to Increase Exports

November 2009

Growers and exporters are developing strategic plans to double their exports to the European Union.

Plans will be developed for coffee, meat, shrimp, peanut, organic cacao, honey, sesame and tobacco.

Patrick Gouka, director of the Exports and Investments Center of Nicaragua (CBI), explained that "one of the aspects they will analyze is the quality and value-added of their merchandise, as this is an important requirement of the European market".

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