Costa Rica – Low-Carbon Coffee NAMA

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  • More than 60 coffee mills have been supported to identify areas for mitigation improvements in their processes and equipment. 40 of these mills have already implemented these mitigation actions. Reductions in operating expenses of more than EUR 2 per fanega (46kg of green coffee beans) have been reported.
  • More than 7000 coffee farmers have been trained in Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), with at least two GAPs implemented on their farms, equalling more than 20% of all coffee farmers in Costa Rica. More than 75,000 shade trees have been planted on plantations.
  • A Traceability & Sustainability Statement has been developed, together with ICAFE, the national coffee institute, which ensures that information, such as that of Costa Rican coffee production’s carbon footprint and water use, is communicated to buyers and consumers. An app has also been developed, which shows consumers how and on which farm their coffee was produced.

(As of January 2020)



Costa Rica’s NAMA Support Project "Low Carbon Coffee" is a sector-specific approach aiming for a climate-friendly transformation of the entire value chain of one of the most important economic sectors in the country.

The NAMA Support Project offers technical and policy advice to change production and processing practices in the sector, which is the source of nine percent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. Furthermore, the project incentivises private sector investments by providing grants, loans and guarantees for coffee farmers and millers in order to acquire greenhouse gas-efficient fertiliser and milling technologies.

Coffee Plant. Copyright: GIZ Costa Rica

The project will contribute to the empowerment of farmers and millers to develop sustainable livelihoods, will maintain employment for up to 150,000 jobs during the harvest period and may create a positive impact on the standard of living of more than 400,000 people.

The aggregate emission reduction potential amounts to 1.85 million tons CO2e over 20 years. Emission reductions of 250,000 tons CO2e are directly attributable to the NAMA Support Project.

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Partner MinistriesMinistry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG); Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE)
NAMA Support OrganisationDeutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Implementing PartnersMinistry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG); Coffee Institute (ICAFE); Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE); Fundecooperacion; Central American Bank of Economic Integration (BCIE)
Funding Volume ProvidedEUR 7 million
Project Duration2015-2022
Call1st Call

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