MOZAMBIQUE – Nespresso, a coffee operating unit of the Nestlé Group, has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park to promote the local coffee industry as part of the Nespresso’s Reviving Origins program.
The program aims to restore high quality coffee production in regions around the world where it has been under threat due to political conflict, economic hardship or environmental disasters.
Through the implementation of its AAA Sustainable Quality Program, Nespresso will support coffee farmers in the Gorongosa National Park to increase the quality of their coffee.
In addition to that they will promote sustainable farming practices and agroforestry while improving farmer’s livelihoods through capacity and skills building.
The Gorongosa Project, established 25 years ago by the Carr Foundation and the Government of Mozambique, has been working for the last decade on implementing a program called the Gorongosa Coffee, dedicated to creating employment for smallholder farmers and promoting rainforest reforestation.
The Gorongosa region was at the centre of civil conflict and political unrest from 1977 until the Peace Treaty of 2019, which together with unsustainable farming methods, have severely damaged the Gorongosa’s forests.
Since 2015, local farmers have been encouraged to plant coffee seedlings on the slopes of Mount Gorongosa, in a region called the Buffer Zone, a total of 600,000 hectares that surround the Gorongosa National Park, with the aim of reforesting Mount Gorongosa through a shade grown coffee initiative.
“We will work directly with coffee farmers to help establish a high-quality coffee supply that will increase economic opportunities in this region while giving our consumers a unique coffee experience,” he added.
“The collaboration with Nespresso will help the Gorongosa Coffee program achieve its ambition to dedicate 1,000 hectares to high quality shade grown Arabica coffee, translating into over 5,000 hectares of protected and restored rainforest and sustainable livelihoods for over 2,500 families” says Matthew Jordan from the Gorongosa National Park.
Through its Reviving Origins program, Nespresso is investing CHF10 million (US$10.3m) over a period of five years (2017-2021) to revive the coffee industries in selected countries.
This move is aimed to encourage rural economic development, while giving coffee lovers access to the world’s rarest, highest quality coffees.
The Reviving Origins program is part of Nespresso’s overall commitment to invest CHF500M (US$515m) from 2014-2020 in sustainability initiatives as part of its The Positive Cup sustainability strategy.
Coffees launched under the Reviving Origins program include Tamuka Mu Zimbabwe, Esperanza de Colombia and Cafecito de Puerto Rico.