Nespresso is fuelling hope with their $20 million investment in DRC’s coffee revival

by | Apr 3, 2024

In a world where every cup of coffee tells a story, Nespresso shares its ongoing journey of empowerment and sustainability in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Through their Reviving Origins program, they’re igniting hope and opportunity in coffee farming communities across the region.

Decades ago, DRC’s coffee industry flourished, boasting some of the world’s finest coffee. However, years of instability took their toll, causing a decline that left communities reeling. Yet, amidst these challenges, Nespresso saw potential.

Since the launch of their Reviving Origins program in DRC in 2020, they’ve witnessed the resilience and dedication of Congolese farmers in the face of adversity. Working hand in hand with their partners, including the Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI)/ASILI, TechnoServe, USAID, GEF, Clarmondial, IUCN, and Virunga Coffee, they are breathing new life into the coffee sector.

Guillaume Le Cunff, CEO of Nespresso, echoes Nespresso’s commitment: “Kivu has the potential to be among the world’s great coffee regions.” Together, we’re not only restoring coffee agriculture but also bolstering community resilience in the face of escalating challenges.

With an investment of 20 million USD in the region and an ambitious goal to raise an additional 20 million USD, Nespresso is doubling down on its commitment to support the revival of the DRC coffee sector.

Its efforts extend beyond financial support. Through the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program, they’re implementing regenerative practices, promoting biodiversity, and advancing gender equality. By empowering women in coffee farming communities, we’re not only enhancing coffee quality and productivity but also transforming livelihoods.

Furthermore, they’re leveraging technology to ensure transparency and traceability in our supply chain. Collaborating with impact digital startups, we’re verifying and tracing coffee from farm to cup, ensuring fair compensation for farmers and premium quality for coffee lovers worldwide.

As they embark on this journey of revitalisation, they’re grateful for the transformative impact we’ve seen in communities like Minova, where clean water, healthcare, and education are becoming a reality for thousands.

Together, with your support, Nespresso is not just brewing coffee; they’re brewing a brighter future for coffee farming communities in the DRC.

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