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Extending the AAA Program benefits to 5,000 farmers in Central America

Each AAA farmer receives his own AAA card for
traceability purposes

Training on sustainability and productivity best practices

Since 2007, around 5,000 farmers in four clusters in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Nicaragua have been trained in sustainability and productivity best practices. The project, a partnership between Nespresso, International Finance Corporation (IFC, a member of the World Bank Group) and ECOM, a coffee supplier, has helped farmers to improve in all three areas of the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program: quality, sustainability and productivity.


Tangible benefits for farmers’ net income

The IFC measured the impact of the partnership between 2007 and 2010 through surveys with coffee farmers and suppliers in two clusters in Mexico and Guatemala. They found a positive result: improvements in farm productivity and sustainability were accompanied by higher farm incomes. On average, net income for AAA farms was 27% higher than for farms not part of the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program.


And positive results for Sustainable Quality™

At the end of 2012:

  • Over 11,000 hectares of coffee farms were sustainably managed.
  • More than 1,200 training workshops and farm visits had been performed
  • 44% of farmers across all the clusters in the project had improved from being underperforming to reach the emerging, basic or advanced standard for sustainability and productivity or above on the AAA program.
  • In Huehuetenango, a AAA cluster in Guatemala, 80% farmers reached the basic or emerging standard. In the AAA Jinotega cluster in Nicaragua, 100% of farmers reached the basic, emerging or high performing standard.


For more information about this project, read the factsheet Accelerating AAA in Central America (PDF, 605Kb).

For more information about the practical tools developed to ensure Sustainable Quality™, read about the TASQ™.