The nonprofit organization ACDI/VOCA acted as the implementing agency for USAID’s Specialty Coffee Program. The program aimed at raising coffee farmer’s productivity and competitiveness, contribute to environmental sustainability and strengthen Colombian institutions. Essential to the program was outreach and the development of networks that leverage particularly public-private partnerships and strengthen the coffee value chain in the country. As a result, the program entered into a number of public and private partnerships including the Coffee Quality Institute, Nespresso and its AAA Sustainable Quality Program, Sustainable Harvest, Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea, and Colombia’s government organizations Acción Social and Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (SENA). Originally a 4.5-year, $7.8 million project, ACDI/VOCA was given a $2 million, 18-month extension by USAID in October, 2010.