In May 2016 we visited Bolivia & Peru with the aim to source coffees for the upcoming season.
With the support of the Coffee federation of Bolivia we reviewed the production figures for Harvest 2016. The production outlook predicts a net output of about 30,000 bags for the 2016 harvest.
This drop on production is a result of several aspects going wrong.
The two most evident influencers on such a step drop in production are:
- Inadequate legislation
- Inadequate marketing
Worth noting that 2 decades ago Bolivia was producing over 30% more coffee than Peru. Both nations with identical geographical & environmental conditions.
Peru today is looking at reaching the 5 million bag production benchmark, while Bolivia, as noted, tries to reach 30,000 bags.
Current legislation in Bolivia places no emphasis on coffee growing with no budget from the government & no sub-ministry or government agency for coffee. This has left the coffee sector isolated, struggling to bring the needed development in the sector.
As per the marketing aspect, producers today lament the day they allowed their sector to turn their attention to the vast portfolio of certifications 15 years ago which contributed to the current state.
ICT’s impact at origin
ICT has come to Bolivia to be part of the change providing the opportunity for producers to work on quality alone, rather than with certifications as a marketing tool.
ICT’s outlook places emphasis on consistent production with monthly shipments which allows producers to secure assets that facilitate greater production of high quality coffees with positive long term implications.
We feel strongly about our approach as it has proven to benefit the entire coffee sector, from producers to end users, as qualities become widely available & all parts of the chain benefit from ongoing development.