The Indonesian Sustainable Coffee Platform (SCOPI), in collaboration with the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) (www.ITFC-idb.org), has held a National Master Trainer (MT) Meeting.
This hybrid activity is the culmination of the Training of Trainers events held on September 4 and 5, 2022.
The extensionist for sustainable coffee or called Master Trainer (MT) is the main SCOPI program since 2015 to disseminate the National Curriculum of Sustainable Coffee Practices.
The National Meeting of MTs in 2022 is the implementation of the SCOPI-ITFC cooperation program that is expected to facilitate knowledge transfer among SCOPI MTs and with stakeholders on the latest opportunities and challenges in the coffee sector.
In addition, this activity is also intended to be a preparation for future TM skills update programs.
The National Meeting of TM was opened with the words of Mr. Richard Atmadja, President of the Executive Board of SCOPI.
He said that the need for a competent MT is one of the answers to increase the productivity of the Arabica coffee sector.
Therefore, increasing the income of farmers in the upstream sector and increasing opportunities to develop higher value Arabica coffee exports can be achieved.
Through a long-term program with ITFC, SCOPI seeks to train highly competent extension workers through the Master Trainer Refresher Program.
While the Governor of Aceh – Achmad Marzuki, in his speech, represented by Ir. Iskandar Syukri, as a member of the expert staff of the Governor of Aceh for the specialty of Aceh, Human Resources and Cooperation Relations, said: “Tanah Gayo coffee has been the center of attention in both domestic and international markets.
The production of Arabica Gayo coffee reaches 4% of all premium Arabica coffee production in all of Indonesia.
Gayo Arabica coffee is the result of the management of natural resources by farmers belonging to the town.
For this reason, special attention, supported by multi-stakeholder collaboration, is needed to promote sustainable coffee practices in Aceh.” “Aceh Tengah is one of the centers of the best Arabica coffee processing industry in the world, with 70% of the production exported to international markets.
However, unpredictable weather conditions are believed to cause a decline in coffee production in central Aceh. Through the National TM Meeting, it is expected that there will be an increase in the competence of extensionists for coffee farmers in Central Aceh and at the national level to apply GAP and GHP to manage coffee plants in a better and more sustainable way.
.” – Drs. Shabela Abubakar, in her intervention represented by Mr. Harun Manzola as Assistant for the Economy and Development of Aceh Tengah.
In line with others, ITFC COO M.
Nazeem Noordali commented: “ITFC is focused on making trade work for everyone in Indonesia by collaborating with leading local entities like SCOPI to build capacity and facilitate knowledge transfer.
We look forward to continuing their successful collaboration program with SCOPI to foster sustainable trade by increasing the quantity and quality of Indonesian coffee production.”
In the forum discussion, the MTs explained what the condition of the coffee sector is like in each area of MT work and the opportunities that could be exploited in the future.
The discussion continued with presentations by Mr. Bagus Prassetya as Program Manager of SCOPI and Mr. Arief Wicaksono as LSPP of the Ministry of Agriculture on the plan for the MT capacity building program through national certification in the field.
of sustainable coffee.
In order to have a greater focus, the activity continued with the discussion of the follow-up plan of the competency improvement program by each MT in their work area.
The last session of the discussion was filled with an explanation from Mr. Nuzul Qudri of World Coffee Research (WCR) on the integrated efforts in adaptation and mitigation of climate change that threatens the sustainability of coffee cultivation around the world.
The activity of the National MT Meeting closed with a field visit to BPP Bebesen as the location of a demonstration plot for the SCOPI-ITFC cooperation program.
The implementation of the National TM Meeting cannot be separated from the support of the Aceh Provincial Government, Central Aceh District Government, Karo District Government, Global Coffee Platform and PT.
The establishment of PMO Kopi Nusantara is a form of commitment and concern of the Ministry of Public Enterprises to improve the coffee industry in Indonesia through the synergy of stakeholders to develop a good ecosystem of the commercial supply chain of coffee in Indonesia.