Sustainable Coffee Programme

This project is completed

Coffee is the largest agricultural export product in value after rice in Vietnam. The sector brings a turnover of over USD 2.7 billion yearly and provides an income for approximately 3 million smallholder farmers. However, production has not kept up with the growing global demand, as it has suffered from under-investment, poor production practices and adverse climatic conditions. To respond to the growing, global sustainable coffee consumption market, the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development (IPSARD) has worked with the Crops Department to prepare for institutional reforms in the coffee sector.

The Sustainable Coffee Programme, funded by the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), supports IPSARD with this work in Vietnam. In order to facilitate the implementation of sustainable coffee production at field level, IDH contracted SNV to be the national implementation coordinator in Vietnam. The programme, which runs from September 2012 until the end of 2016, aims to further increase sustainable coffee production in a pre-competitive manner and make coffee farmers more resilient in an ever-changing market. An important focus of the programme is on increasing production, yields and export availability of sustainably grown coffee. The programme also works on the effective implementation of standards, improving access to finance for farmers, and mitigating the effects of climate change.

The project is a public-private cooperation involving the coffee industry, (including trade and export partners), governments and NGOs and is implemented in Vietnam, Indonesia, Brazil, Colombia, Uganda and Ethiopia. In Vietnam, the Sustainable Coffee Project included both national level projects, which are coordinated by IPSARD, and field level projects, which are coordinated by SNV and implemented by coffee companies and consultancies, in partnership with local organisations and government agencies, departments and institutions. The field level projects support farmers to change their farming practices and to become more sustainable and resilient in an ever-changing market. Furthermore, these projects supported farmers to produce high quality sustainable coffee at increased yields, to become better organised, to increase their incomes and to reduce the environmental impacts of coffee farming.

Field project activities include:

  • Supporting farmers to reduce water usage, appropriately use chemical fertilizer and manage pests and diseases;
  • Strengthening and building the capacity of farmer organisations;
  • Supporting farmers to record their income and expenditure;
  • Helping farmers to rejuvenate their coffee farms with approved varieties.

What's new?

Key facts



Increasing production, yields and export availability of sustainably grown coffee


Improving access to finance for farmers


Mitigating the effects of climate change

Our results

Participated in the project
117,137 tons
sustainable coffee

Donors & Partners

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