Policy Dialogue

Importing Countries

Importing Countries technical workstream examines how policies of coffee-importing countries can be instrumental in the development of a sustainable coffee sector. The workstream also explores ways to overcome potential transition obstacles and how these policies can be used to complement and enhance the objectives and outcomes of the other technical work streams within the Taskforce.

The technical workstream is organized around 3 interlinked tracks focusing on:

  1. Policy dialogue and information sharing related to applicable sustainability policies and legislations of coffee importing countries, and their implementation requirements, and reviewing other policies, mechanisms or agreements of interest to the sector. Collaborative discussions are also held on how certain topics, such as Living Income, can be integrated into regulations or policies.
  2. Learning and sharing information regarding technical solutions for compliance specific to the coffee sector, related to new sustainability legislations and policies. The aim is to empower coffee-producing countries/producers to make informed choices, increase their potential compliance, and ultimately turn policies into opportunities for a more sustainable coffee sector. This track is facilitated through existing platforms or events.
  3. Promoting support and partnerships amongst stakeholders within coffee producing and importing countries. Collaboration and innovation are key to fostering an inclusive and sustainable coffee sector in diverse coffee-producing countries and contexts. This includes exploring alternative financial mechanisms for the overall coffee sector, the development of a database of existing support to the coffee sector, and the development of a preparedness tool on due diligence for coffee-producing countries.

The Technical Workstream on Policy: funding of facilitation of this Technical Workstream is provided by the EU Commission by providing a consultant and implementation means. Since April 2022, around 40 participants across ICO members, the private sector associations, farmers’ organizations, the regional platforms (IACO, Promecafé and ACF) and supporter organizations have engaged with the technical workstream.