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We see great potential in Indonesian coffee with the country being the fourth largest coffee producer in the world and the sector engaging hundreds of thousands of poor farmers.
Benefitting from strong coffee
However, across Indonesia, coffee productivity per hectare or per coffee bush is currently very low. One hectare produces on average just 700 kilograms of beans a year, which is less than a third of the 2,500 kilograms of beans per hectare produced in Vietnam. Many coffee plants are more than 30 years old - some even dating back to the Dutch colonial period. With the ideal age for a coffee plant being 15-20 years, this has a serious impact on production. Crop maintenance is minimal with little pruning and low fertilization. Farmers often limit activities to harvesting and processing of the cherries.
With funding from the Ford Foundation, the overall goal of the Building an Inclusive Coffee Market in Indonesia project is to engage large coffee companies to develop inclusive and sustainable supply chains. The project will concentrate its major activities in Flores whose coffee is beginning to develop a reputation amongst coffee connoisseurs in Europe and Japan.
The project aims to increase coffee farmer livelihoods through:
Counting the beans
The Building an Inclusive Coffee Market project will deliver the following outcomes: