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Did you know that 120 million people worldwide depend on the coffee industry for their livelihoods?

Why coffee?

Coffee is significant due to its extensive cultivation impacting 25 million households, mostly in developing nations, and its status as a key product in global trade. Major challenges include ensuring economic sustainability, adapting to climate change, and balancing rising global demand with responsible, environmentally conscious production practices.

Global scale: Coffee cultivation spans over 11 million hectares, providing over 120 million jobs globally and serving as a significant income source for 50 tropical countries​​.
Production dominance: Brazil leads in coffee production, accounting for almost 40% of the world’s coffee, followed by Vietnam, Colombia, and Indonesia​​.
Smallholder predominance: Approximately 70% of coffee production comes from small family farms, each covering less than 5 hectares, highlighting the importance of small-scale farmers in the industry​​.
Social issues: The coffee industry grapples with various challenges, including social issues like migrant labour and child labour, environmental issues like climate change and diseases, and economic challenges like rising production costs and the ageing of producers​.

What are the challenges?

The coffee industry faces critical sustainability challenges, including social issues like labor rights, environmental threats from climate change and deforestation, and economic hurdles such as fluctuating prices and aging producers. Addressing these issues is vital for the long-term viability and ethical integrity of the global coffee market.


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farmers, workers and land managers are assured that their well-being, human rights and cultural heritage are protected.


32.6 million

hectares of land where nature and environment are protected from degradation and conversion through use of sustainability standards.



tonnes of CO2 emissions have been reduced, thus lowering the climate impact.

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