Seeking common grounds: analysis of the draft proposals for the International Coffee Agreement

Seeking common grounds: analysis of the draft proposals for the International Coffee Agreement

The opportunity of states to seize the opportunity during the upcoming negotiation on the International Coffee Agreement (ICA)

This briefing note is produced in response to upcoming negotiations on the International Coffee Agreement (ICA). The current agreement expires in September 2007. The Secretariat of the International Coffee Organization (ICO) has produced five draft proposals, grouped thematically into the following areas:

  • objectives, membership and votes, efficiency of deliberations and decision-making
  • structural and administrative matters
  • new and expanded areas of work

This briefing note analyses each of the five draft proposals. Oxfam urges member delegations of the International Coffee Council (ICC) participating in the Working Group to take this opportunity by implementing reforms along three general themes:

  • enhancing participation by small-scale producers: The ICA should expand opportunities for small-scale farmer organisations to advocate for themselves to address the unique challenges and opportunities they face
  • promoting sustainability: The ICA make economic, social, and environmental sustainability more of a focus of the ICO, and provide for consultation with a range of stakeholders on these issues
  • providing tools for small-scale farmers to compete in challenging and changing markets: The ICA should enhance information collection and dissemination, project selection and coordination, and quality improvement efforts