Peru: Concern among European importers over government incompetence in deforestation-free exports

Raw Common Coffee Bean
Regulation & Compliances
Sustainability & Environmental Impact
Published Feb 22, 2024

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The National Coffee Board in Peru has raised concerns that European companies may source coffee from other countries due to Peru's high-risk status, attributed to the lack of property titles for over 60% of coffee farms. This uncertainty could imply that coffee is being grown on recently deforested lands. The board is urging the Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation to prioritize the legality of coffee farms and improve geo-referencing. Despite these challenges, the 2024 coffee harvest is projected to increase by 4% to 260,000 tons, with exports potentially reaching $900 million, similar to 2023 levels.
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"From May, that is, within 80 days, the main European companies that import Peruvian coffee will begin to look in other countries, much to their regret, to replace our aromatic beans, given that Peru has not yet shown signs of overcoming the conditions of being a high-risk country,” said the National Coffee Board. He notes that this decision has been notified to the Peruvian authorities and companies, since the legality of more than 60% of the coffee farms does not have property titles that ensure that coffee is not grown on recently deforested lands, and the accreditation through geo-referencing shows very little progress. “Since April of last year we have been demanding that government authorities, especially the Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation (Midagri), prioritize the legality of coffee farms, as effective support for geo-referencing. This government opacity encourages social chaos, to the extent that, when the market is closed for thousands of small farmers, ...
Source: AgroPeru
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