Costa Rica – Low Carbon Coffee NAMA

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

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.

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 Duration2015–2019
Call1st Call

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