Together, the MOCCA Consortium and partners will focus on seven fundamental components of the initiative, aiming to catalyze market-based solutions to the challenges inhibiting more productive and profitable coffee and cacao value chains.
MOCCA will collaborate with others to train farmers to adopt agricultural and business practices that can increase yield, quality, sustainability, and profitability. MOCCA hopes to partner with:
- – Roasters, processors, and country-of-origin exporters looking to integrate and train more farmers in their supply chains
- – Lenders interested in complementing financing with technical assistance and training for farmers
- – Institutional and government extension programs looking to expand their reach and innovate their approaches to support more farmers
- – Other development projects aiming to leverage resources to expand their scope
MOCCA will integrate women and youth throughout coffee and cacao market systems to promote not only more productive farmers but also more inclusive and prosperous market systems.
Integrating farmers into higher value trading models
MOCCA will work with roasters, processors, country-of-origin cooperatives, and private exporters to expand or introduce trading models that allow farmers to capture greater market value. These partnerships will integrate small farmers into higher value trading models that allow them to obtain higher profits and reinvest in their farms, while boosting buyers’ sustainable, local supply of higher quality coffee and cacao. Successful trading models could involve:
- – Incentivizing quality with higher prices
- – Direct marketing agreements
- – Analyzing supply chain inefficiencies that, if addressed, can allow farmers to capture greater value
Augmenting research and improving how research findings reach farmers
MOCCA will collaborate with international, regional, and local research institutions to augment coffee and cacao research, improve the dissemination of findings, and bolster the sustainability of research initiatives across the region.
In coffee, MOCCA will work with national institutes to strengthen their research efforts, and will establish a regional coffee breeding hub as a centralized resource to sustain and enhance varietal development.
MOCCA will collaborate with researchers to study the impact on profitability of alternative climate-smart agricultural solutions. Similarly, in cacao, MOCCA will strengthen research institutions and the dissemination of findings, and the creation of a regional platform to sustain research. MOCCA is also working with sector institutions to develop, test, and promote mitigation techniques to ensure lasting cacao supplies and livelihoods.
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Partnership with coffee and cacao sector stakeholders – such as roasters, processors, country-of-origin exporters, and other buyers; in addition to trade associations, researchers, lenders, governments, donors, and fellow project implementers – is essential to MOCCA’s mission to promote lasting, inclusive, and prosperous coffee and cacao market systems in Central America and the Andean Region.
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Strengthening suppliers of genetic material for planting
Together with national governments and institutes, and private sector stakeholders, MOCCA will expand coffee and cacao farmers’ access to high-quality genetic planting material. In coffee, MOCCA will collaborate with market system actors to verify large seed-producing farms and nurseries, and provide technical assistance in best production and business practices to small nursery operators to improve the quality of planting materials they sell to farmers. MOCCA will promote farmer demand for genetically pure and healthy planting material through local demonstration plots, where producers can witness the benefits of investing in quality seedlings over time.
In cacao, MOCCA will support market system actors to facilitate the propagation of quality genetic material. Similar to efforts to build a sustainable coffee seedling sector, MOCCA will provide technical and business management assistance to existing and new clonal garden and nursery operators, ensuring farmers have access to high quality genetic material.
Facilitating access to finance
In order for farmers to have the resources they require to effectively renovate and rehabilitate their farms and to adopt yield-boosting practices, MOCCA will collaborate with and mobilize finance partners, value chain stakeholders, and local governments to design and implement short, medium, and longer term finance mechanisms that are accessible to coffee and cacao farmers.
Improving institutional capacity to deliver services that support Rehabilitation & Renovation
Coffee and cacao institutes in the countries where MOCCA operates play important roles in support of the farmers they represent, and in many cases are already providing important services that contribute to farmers’ abilities to effectively renovate and rehabilitate their farms, including farmer training, support of market linkages, and facilitation of financing.
However, their scope and effectiveness varies. MOCCA will collaborate with interested coffee and cacao institutions to expand their existing services – or to introduce new ones – in support of the farmers and market system actors they serve.
Strengthening platform support for the coffee and cacao sectors
A number of regional and international platforms are currently at work with the objective of supporting the coffee sector in the countries where MOCCA operates. MOCCA will collaborate with these platforms to expand their impact in target countries.
In cacao, MOCCA will collaborate with partners across the sector to create a platform to promote knowledge sharing and technology transfer among key sector stakeholders, specifically to streamline efforts to improve cacao sustainability, market transparency, and regulatory environments.