Impact assessment of the adoption of sustainable practices in the Colombian coffee production 

Impact assessment of the adoption of sustainable practices in the Colombian coffee production 

This study was aimed to verify whether the purposes, requirements and practices that promote the sustainability initiatives of Fair Trade, Organic, Rainforest Alliance and UTZ Kapeh and the codes of conduct of Starbuck’s C.A.F.E Practices, 4C, Nespresso AAA; as well as the the ADAM initiative; have had the expected effects on the economic, social and environmental conditions of the Colombian producers who participate in them. This analysis is based on the COSA (Committee on Sustainability Assessment) methodology, aimed at the measurement of costs and benefits (economic, social and environmental) of the implementation of sustainable agricultural practices in different countries and agricultural crops while applying an international methodology that allows comparing results with other countries. The methodological design was quasi experimental with panel data obtained from a random sample of 2,474 coffee farmers, representing four departments (Caldas, Huila, Nariño, Santander) and two producer sizes (<3 and> 3 hectares). The ultimate objective was to rigorously assess whether the strategy that Colombia bet on is paying off, what are the main benefits and what are the main costs.