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What We're Reading at the ICO

Here’s a list of coffee-related books, articles, and blog posts our staff at the ICO have been reading in the last few weeks. What are you reading? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, or by emailing us at library@ico.org, and we may include it on the ICO blog. Read the list on our blog>>

ICO Executive Director Travels to Japan

The Executive Director of the ICO, Robério Oliveira Silva, visited Japan on 29 November to 5 October 2014 at the invitation of the All Japan Coffee Association (AJCA) to celebrate Japanese National Coffee Day. Read more on our blog>>

Coffee Market Report Sept. 2014: Season '13/14 Finishes in Balance but Deficit Expected Next Year

Crop year 2013/14 has now finished in all exporting countries, with total production estimated at 145.2 million bags, essentially unchanged on the previous year. World consumption was also around 145 million bags in calendar year 2013, leaving the market reasonably balanced, but lower production expected in 2014/15 will likely result in a global deficit next year. Read the September 2014 #CoffeeMarketReport on our blog>>

ICO Head of Operations Participates at First International Meeting on Coffee Productivity

Mauricio Galindo, Head of Operations at the ICO, participated in Abocol’s First International Meeting on Coffee Productivity. The event was held in the city of Pereira, Colombia, on 11 September 2014 and was attended by Colombian coffee producers and others in the industry. Read more on our blog>>

Mexico Presents Online Campaign to Promote Consumption

The International Coffee Organization (ICO) recognised the work of the Government of Mexico, through its Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) to promote domestic coffee consumption through diverse actions and programmes for children and young people. Video + press release on our blog>>

Officeholders and Composition of ICO Council and Other Bodies for 2014/2015

At the September 2014 meetings of the International Coffee Organization, chairpersons and country representatives for the Council and other ICO bodies were chosen. Below is the composition for 2014/2015. Congratulations to the new chairpersons— the staff of the ICO look forward to assisting you in your new roles. Details>>

Press Release: ICO Deepens Its Role to Help Coffee Farmers Access Finance

For the first time, the International Coffee Organization (ICO) has gathered the most significant group of international lenders and donors during its 4th Consultative Forum on Coffee Sector Finance (4th Forum). The 4th Forum ‘Bridging the Gap Between Farmers and Finance’ took place on 23 September 2014 at the ICO’s headquarters in London. Read the press release>>

Job Vacancy: Senior Secretariat Assistant

The International Coffee Organization seeks qualified candidates for a Senior Secretariat Assistant position based in London. This position is responsible to the Head of Operations on all matters relating to the Council Secretariat and general administration of the Operations Division. Read the full job description on our blog>>

Coffee Trade Statistics - August 2014

World coffee exports amounted to 8.85 million bags in August 2014, compared with 8.95 million bags in August 2013. Exports in first eleven months of coffee year 2013/14 (Oct/13 to Aug/14) have fallen by 2% in comparison with the first eleven months of the last coffee year. In the twelve months ending August 2014, exports of Arabica totalled 69.18 million bags compared to 69.17 million bags last year; whereas Robusta exports amounted to 40.31 million bags compared to 42.17 million bags. More>>

USAID Provides $10 Million in Food Assistance to Central Americans Affected by Drought & Coffee Rust

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a $10 million award to the UN World Food Program to provide food assistance to close to 220,000 people most severely affected by drought and coffee rust in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Secretary John Kerry and USAID Associate Administrator Mark Feierstein announced the U.S. Government support at a meeting with the three foreign ministers in advance of the UN General Assembly. Read the press release>>

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Coffee Leaf Rust outbreak

The current epidemic of coffee leaf rust affecting all countries of the region with a 53% incidence is the worst seen since this pest appeared in Central America in 1976.

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ICO Indicator prices
(US cents/lb)  16/10/2014
ICO Composite 181.16 -0.1
Colombian Milds 234.00 +0.3
Other Milds 236.96 +0.3
Brazilian Naturals 208.48 -0.2
Robustas 107.23 -0.5

4th Consultative Forum on #CoffeeSectorFinance

The 4th Consultative Forum was held in London on 23 September 2014. The event was open to ICO Members, civil society, financial institutions, development professionals, and other actors in the coffee industry. Details>>

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