Managua, Nicaragua, July 22,
2010—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and its partners have
helped implement sustainable practices, improve productivity, and increase
the income of more than 12,000 small and midsize coffee producers in the
Ecom–Nestlé supply chain in Central America and Mexico.
The $1.5 million joint project was implemented
by IFC, Ecom Agroindustrial Corp. Ltd., a global leader in green coffee
trade, and the Nestlé Group in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras,
México, and Nicaragua. Thanks to the advisory services received,
growers increased their income by $3.7 million in premiums during the three-year
“We knew that by collaborating with
multiple stakeholders, we would be challenged to see how good we could
get,” said Eric Ponçon, Ecom’s Regional Director. “Through continuous
learning and building new sets of tools and abilities, we’ve been able
to strengthen our local capacities and provide better service to our producers.”
In Nicaragua, for example, more than
1,000 producers were trained on sustainable farming; unitary costs were
reduced by between $5.00 and $6.70 per hundred pound bags; 64,440 new varieties
were planted and grown on 38 demonstration plots.
Rick van der Kamp, IFC Operations Officer
said, “We are pleased with the project’s results and the strong relationship
we have built with our partners. This project clearly shows we can
create opportunities for improving the standards and sustainability of
the coffee producers, and also improving the quality of life of the participating
families in the region and soon in Asia and Africa.”
The project’s success is based on a
combination of advisory services, access to financing, and a strong commitment
to buying increasing amounts of sustainable coffee. IFC also provided
Ecom with a $25 million loan to onlend to producers for short- and medium-term
investments on their farms. IFC and Ecom look forward to implementing
this model in Asia and Africa where it can help improve the standards and
profitability of producers.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group,
creates opportunity for people to escape poverty and improve their lives.
We foster sustainable economic growth in developing countries by supporting
private sector development, mobilizing capital for private enterprise,
and providing advisory and risk mitigation services to businesses and governments.
Our new investments totaled $14.5 billion in fiscal 2009, helping channel
capital into developing countries during the financial crisis. For more
information, visit www.ifc.org.
For more information about Ecom, visit
For Nestlé, visit www.nestle.com.