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AAA Program progress in Central America

Sustainability and productivity improvements

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 first phase of the project, a partnership between Nespresso, International Finance Corporation (IFC, a member of the World Bank Group) and ECOM, a coffee supplier, ran until 2010. The project has now been extended and will run until at least 2013.


Higher farm income

The first phase of the project has helped farmers to improve in all three areas of the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program: quality, sustainability and productivity. 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 (Ixhuatlan and Huehuetenango). 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 those not part of the program.


Project highlights 2007 - 2011:

  • Over 11,000 hectares of coffee farms are now sustainably managed.
  • More than 1,200 training workshops and farm visits have been performed.
  • 44% of farmers across all the clusters in the project have improved the performance of their farm in terms of quality and sustainability.
  • In Huehuetenango, a AAA cluster in Guatemala, 80% of 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.

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