Deforestation free value chains in Colombia


Coffee and palm oil are some of the flagship products of Colombia and two of the most exported agricultural products to the EU market. Coffee is one of the most important crops for the country and a vital driver of the Colombian economy, representing about 15% of the agricultural GDP. more than 540,000 Colombian families derive their livelihood directly from coffee production. Furthermore, Colombia is the largest producer of certified palm oil in Latin America and the fourth-largest palm oil producer in the world. In Colombia, 580,000 ha are cultivated with palm oil by more than 7,200 producers. 


The upcoming EU regulation 2023/1115 on deforestation-free value chains (EUDR) will strongly affect Colombia. Producers’ livelihood and food security are threatened by the reduction in income they will face if they won’t be able to keep (or start) exporting their yields. In addition, sustainability and traceability requirements are quickly becoming stricter, while being requested for an increasing number of agricultural commodities (due diligence) among which are coffee and palm oil. 


Together with Wageningen Economic Research,  we are carrying out this project in three phases. In the first phase we studied the current situation of the two value chains, identified bottlenecks and hotspots and the expected impact of the EUDR. The results of the first phase can be downloaded by clicking on the buttons on the right side of this page.

In the second phase, we are identifying and assessing potential solutions that will allow growers (and EU importers) to ensure traceability of their products.

In the third and final phase, we will proposing measures so that the impacts of the upcoming EU regulation are minimized, and suggest different (combination of) traceability systems to different production systems and groups

Implemented in

Bogotá, Colombia

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Contact person

Susanna Cocchini