Internal inspectors from coffee organizations were given competency assessments which will contribute to meet international market requirements
For two days, coffee growers in the central jungle of Peru were tested to measure their skills, as part of the process to become certified as internal inspectors.
Over the past two years, the Sustainable Development Model for Peruvian Coffee Project has been working to strengthen the integrated management systems of coffee organizations.
This process includes training and skills assessment focusing on the certification of internal inspectors, according to the national standard. The aim is to strengthen certification programs for differentiated coffees, reducing costs and improving the management of Internal Control Systems for coffee organizations.
In this context, on 16 and 17 April, the second evaluation process for future certified internal inspectors was held in the central Peruvian jungle. The two-day event contributes to improving coffee organizations’ access to certification and their entry into new markets.
The Competency Assessment of Internal Inspectors for Certified Coffee was held at the Pichanaki Municipal Coliseum on the first day, and in nearby areas of Jose Galvez and Villavista (Perene district) on the second day. Participants included 28 inspectors, 14 evaluators and 14 coffee farmers.
Internal inspectors were evaluated in four different competency units:
- Recognition and identification of the production process for certified coffee, five candidates passed;
- Planning and management of the internal inspection process, 17 passed;
- Implementation of the internal inspection plan for production units, 16 passed; and
- Preparation and submission of inspection reports, up to 12 candidates passed.
“Candidates were evaluated on their knowledge, performance and output on each of the competency units of the internal inspector standard for certified coffee production, prepared by the Junta Nacional de Café (National Coffee Board),” said Lennyn Zevallos Arellano, project consultant.
In recent years, there has been growing international demand for non-conventional coffee (i.e. certified), and large consumers of the aromatic grain (Europe, Japan and the United States) require organic products to ensure sustainable coffee production. This is why internal inspectors are so important, since they are the ones who ensure that coffee farmers meet the different criteria required for certification to market certified coffee (for example organic).
The SCAN Peru platform, which has developed a multiple certification guide, along with the Junta Nacional de Café, are implementing this competency based certification process, an initiative that is greatly strengthening the coffee organizations, reducing costs and facilitating the coffee certification process. This is helping Peruvian farmer organizations reach the requirements for international markets, which is the backbone of the economy within Peruvian coffee production and coffee organizations.