Mondelēz International has shared plans to evaluate the real impact experienced by farmers on the ground of its $200m Coffee Made Happy programme.
The programme aims to measure how Coffee Made Happy is achieving its objectives to improve farmers’ business and agricultural skills, increase farm yields and engage young people and women in coffee farming so as to empower a million coffee entrepreneurs by 2020.
“As the second largest coffee company in the world, we can have real impact on the ground – inspire, train and build capacity to improve coffee farmers’ livelihoods and attract new generations to small-scale farming,” said Roland Weening, president, coffee at Mondelēz International. “This is important to guarantee the future of quality coffee to the world. Our evaluation framework drives impactful investment, unprecedented levels of transparency and, because we source from the projects where we invest, ensures accountability to our partners and our consumers.”
The Committee On Sustainability Assessment (COSA) – a global consortium of institutions fostering effective ways to measure and understand sustainability in the agri-food sector – is partnering with Mondelēz International to develop the evaluation framework, which builds on the company’s existing commitment to use 4C verification standards as the baseline for Coffee Made Happy. Evaluation will provide transparency to individual Coffee Made Happy projects already running in Honduras, Indonesia, Peru and Vietnam, as well as an aggregated view of positive change Coffee Made Happy is bringing across diverse geographies. Over time, data collected across Coffee Made Happy projects will help build the world’s largest database of coffee farm metrics.
The evaluation framework uses an innovative methodology that is unique in its focus and scale. Rather than only measuring the implementation of practices, it is outcome-based and will measure the effective impact experienced on the ground by coffee farmers in two key steps:
Mondelēz International has also created an independent Advisory Board of external experts to guide reporting and scaling up the company’s $200m investment. These strategic partners, industry and sustainability experts include:
“Mondelēz International is setting the bar for a new generation of sustainable coffee programmes and supporting their direct investment with a solid process to verify the impact the programme has on farmers’ livelihoods and the environment,” said David McLaughlin, vice president agriculture, World Wildlife Fund (WWF). “Coffee produced sustainably has fewer impacts on local ecosystems and reduces deforestation.”
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