At long last, the International Trade Centre has launched a Spanish-language version of its seminal, open-access text on the international coffee trade, The Coffee Guide.
(Lea el comunicado de prensa en español)
Available through a free download, the 332-page La Guía del Café is reflects the latest, 4th edition of The Coffee Guide, designed as a practical and essential tool for coffee exporters, importers, NGOs, government agencies, producer groups and other stakeholders.
With a focus on the sustainability and inclusiveness, the Guide follows the Geneva-based ICT’s mission to support international development through accessible technical assistance. The ITC is a joint agency of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations (UN).
In the coffee sector, The Coffee Guide represents an essential resource for a number of actors throughout the coffee chain, offering thorough overviews of the coffee’s commercial history, value chain dynamics, market dynamics, potential pathways towards economic and social sustainability, and deeply researched technical information.
The 4th edition reflects numerous developments over the past decade, including quality building, digitalization, increasing climate change, consumer preference and changes to risk dynamics.
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According to the ITC, the Spanish translation was made possible through the support of the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Fair Trade Small Producers and Workers (CLAC) and the International Coffee Organization.
With existing versions now in English, Spanish and French, the guide will also be translated into Portuguese later this year, according to the ITC.
In an announcement of the new version, the ITC noted that Brazil, Colombia, Honduras, Peru, Mexico, Guatemala and Nicaragua represent seven of the 10 largest coffee-producing countries in the world, while Latin American countries account for nearly 80% of the world’s coffee production.
Said the ITC, “A large percentage of the world’s coffee stakeholders, and producers especially, are therefore located in Latin America, making it a requirement that knowledge sharing products, events and online sector-related activities be made available in Spanish if we are to build a sustainable and inclusive coffee sector, moving forward.”
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Nick Brown is the editor of Daily Coffee News by Roast Magazine.