Written by Anika Kiefer, Junior Project Manager in Eschborn within the develoPPP.de-programme
With care and standard, Robusta coffee brings Korpong Chitprom, a coffee grower in Ranong province in southern Thailand a better way of life.
Mr. Korpong, 50, grows Robusta coffee for about half of his life. And, now he has been verified as a Nestlé 4C Farmer, standing for the standard that refers to high economic, social and environmental requirements for coffee production and processing to establish sustainable, trustworthy and fair coffee supply chains.
Other than coffee trees in Korpong’s orchard, durians, mangosteens and betel nut palms can be seen at the edges. The integrated farming system the Coffee + project has long encouraged local farmers to follow.
Mr. Korpong has not only had his own brand and sold a large volume of his coffee beans to Nestlé, the project’s main partner, but also shared his experiences on integrated farming systems to his fellow farmers at a learning center he built with his own money.
His ideas are in line with the objectives of the Coffee+ project which invites smallholder coffee farmers in Southern Thailand to a Farmer Business School (FBS) to learn good practices for sustainable Robusta coffee plantation and entrepreneurial knowledge and skills.
FBS was developed by Agriculture and Food Cluster under the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and jointly organized by Nestle SA.
In southern Thailand alone, the project has reached up to 2,000 Robusta coffee growers.