UNIDO, illycaffé and Ernesto Illy Foundation sign agreement to make Ethiopian coffee more inclusive and sustainable

MILAN, 4 May 2015.  The Expo Milan 2015 Coffee Cluster will see on 4 May at 10.30 am the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to mark the agreement reached between the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), illycaffè and the Ernesto Illy Foundation to work towards making the Ethiopian coffee value chain more inclusive and sustainable, benefitting farmers and consumers alike.

More specifically, the MoU will record the commitment made by UNIDO, illycaffe and the Ernesto Illy Foundation to use the best technologies to produce and share Ethiopian coffee with the world, pursuing both development and business objectives in a sustainable manner.  This commitment will be shown through participation in the joint activities within the UNIDO project “Improving the Sustainability and Inclusiveness of the Ethiopian Coffee Value Chain through Private and Public Partnership”.  This project involves efforts to strengthen the quality and productivity of smallholder farmers in order to increase their income in a sustainable fashion, and also to nurture economic development in order to attain international recognition.

Attendees include the Chairman and CEO of illycaffè, Andrea Illy, the Vice President of the Ernesto Illy Foundation, Anna Illy, and the Managing Director of UNIDO, Philippe Scholtès.  The event’s patrons are H.E. Dr. Mebrathu Meles, State Minister of the Ethiopian Ministry of Industry, and Luca Zelioli, Head of the Multilateral Development Cooperation Office (DGCS) at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. 

For more information on the ceremony and the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, please visit UNIDO's website by clicking here

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