The first training centre for Vietnamese coffee producers has been inaugurated in Bao Loc district of Central Highlands Lam Dong province.
The centre was jointly established by the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, and Atlantic Commodities Vietnam Ltd, a subsidiary of ECOM Agro-industrial Corporation under their 2010 agreement to assist Vietnam’s coffee sector.
It aims to help farmer households meet international certification standards and improve the sustainability and productivity of crops, while increasing earnings and social and environmental standards.
IFC Regional Director for Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, Simon Andrews said IFC and ECOM share the same concerns over enhancing connectivity between coffee farmer households and the global supply chain, to develop Vietnam’s coffee sector.
Vietnam is a major world coffee producer, he said, adding that long-term cooperation between IFC and ECOM will help Vietnamese coffee growers achieve sustainable coffee cultivation and increase productivity and coffee quality.
General Director of Atlantic Commodities Vietnam Ltd Jean-Christopher Mani said the centre not only benefits farmers but also strengthens long-term connectivity between ECOM and farmers and brings better control of coffee quality.
The centre aims to target 4,000 farmer households during the first three years of operation, to help them qualify for sustainable coffee certification.