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Nucoffee and UTZ Certified Launch Smallholder Assistance Program in Brazil

Photo by UTZ Certified

Photo by UTZ Certified

UTZ Certified and Brazilian green coffee exporter Nucoffee are investing in a training program for small coffee farmers in the Minas Gerais and São Paulo states.

The groups say the Caminho Sustentia initiative aims to increase efficiency in coffee production through technical assistance in good agricultural practices and management styles among some 800 smallholders in 2013, and more than 10,000 smallholders within five years. Specifically, the training will the implementation of internal control systems, new technologies and the improvement of social and environmental conditions among Brazilian small coffee farmers’ communities, the groups announced.

Nucoffee, is a branch of the Swiss chemicals and bio-research company Syngenta. Nucoffee’s U.S. importing partner is Wolthers America.