USAID Colombia Specialty Coffee Program

The USAID Specialty Coffee Program leveraged public and private sector support and provided assistance at all key stages of coffee production to local coffee farmers in Colombia.

Nespresso Specialty Coffee Program

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.


  • Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (SENA) - National Learning Service

    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    The National Learning Service (Spanish: Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje) (SENA) is a Colombian public institution focused in the development of programs of professional formation. It's a...

  • Coffee Quality Institute

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 6-25

    The Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) is a nonprofit organization working internationally to improve the quality of coffee and the lives of the people who produce it. CQI provides training and...

  • Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea

    Goods Supplier, Service Providers
    United States | Staff size: 251-500

    Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea's story begins in 1995 - a story not so different from many other entrepreneurs and dreamers. At the time, finding great tasting, fresh roasted coffee was...

  • Sustainable Harvest International

    Implementing NGO, Advocacy NGO
    United States | Staff size: 26-50

    Sustainable Harvest sources and imports specialty coffees from the finest producers around the world. We create transparent and sustainable supply relationships, investing in training for...

  • Prosperidad Social - Gobierno de Colombia

    Colombia | Staff size: Unknown

    Social Prosperity is the National Government´s entity that leads the Inclusion and Reconciliation Sector, which the following entities are attached:

    • Unit for...
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...


    Implementing NGO, Advocacy NGO
    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000

    ACDI/VOCA is an economic development organization that fosters broad-based economic growth, raises living standards, and creates vibrant communities. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA has...

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Key Information

LocationLatin America and Caribbean , Colombia, Russian Federation
  • Start Date 2006
  • End Date 2012
  • ValueUSD 10.5 Million