Intelligent Water Management

Intelligent Water Management - Manos al Agua

“The main objective of this public-private partnership is to enable and improve the systems of intersectoral cooperation, sustainable coffee farming, environmental protection and decision-making that contribute to face the challenges of water imbalance in the coffee sector and its value chain, establishing environmental, social and production conditions to alleviate poverty and encourage peaceful coexistence and sustainable development in the Colombian countryside.”

Public sector
Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl)

It aims at encouraging entrepreneurs in sustainable, agrarian, innovative and international business. It helps with grants, finding business partners, know-how and compliance with laws and regulations.

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Colombian Presidential Agency of International Cooperation (APC-Colombia)

It is the government agency in charge of technically managing, guiding and coordinating all public, private, technical and non-refundable financial international cooperation received and granted by Colombia, as well as of executing, managing and supporting the administration and implementation of international cooperation resources, programs and projects, in accordance with foreign policy objectives and the National Development Plan

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Private Sector
Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC)

Guild organization founded in 1927 and representing over 550,000 coffee growers in Colombia.

Its objective is to improve quality of life of the coffee-growing families.

It promotes implementation of sustainable agricultural practices in Colombia through a rural extension network, made up of technical professionals, who work on improving the livelihood of farmers in the rural areas. It also encourages protection of natural resources such as water, as they are key factors for sustainable coffee farming.

The FNC co-finances the Program and is in charge of implementing guild coordination and management activities.

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Nestlé SA

Nestlé is the global leading nutrition, health and wellness company. It was founded in 1866 and is headquartered in Switzerland. Its mission “Good Food, Good Life” is to provide consumers with the best tasting, most nutritious choices in a wide range of the food and beverage categories. Water is one of priorities of its strategy “Creating Shared Value” (CSV) for creation of long-term sustainable value for its shareholders through behaviors, strategies and operations that also create value for the communities where they operate, for their business partners and consumers. Nescafé Plan aims to become the most recognized brand of sustainable coffee and is based on the three pillars of Responsible Farming, Responsible Production and Responsible Sourcing & Consumption.

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Nespresso SA

Nespresso (NN) is a company of the Nestlé Group, founded in 1986 in Switzerland. NN builds long-term relationships with farmers in coffee regions and suppliers that are able to provide export coffee, keep quality features and volume over time. In 2003 Nespresso launched the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ program, which condenses a set of best practices that aim to help farmers benefit from improved coffee quality and compliance with sustainability principles.

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Scientific-Academic Sector
Wageningen UR

It is an institution of world renown in development of studies and technologies for a better water management, including agricultural applications. WUR and CENICAFÉ have been cooperating since the 1990s in design of technologies for good water use in coffee farming. The Dutch institution will take part, through its representative in South America and Wageningen experts, in the scientific team in charge of assessing the impact of the intervention model and activating special international water learning networks.

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The National Coffee Research Center (Cenicafé) is a leading institution in the Colombian and international scientific sector on coffee issues. It has conducted multiple studies on water resources and developed technologies for integrated coffee production management, which are the basis of the action plan of the Project. The Center will take part as expert partner, leading the technical implementation of the Project, as well as managing the academic and scientific dialogue with WUR, both nationally and internationally.

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The Manos al Agua platform will be a network or meeting point of government, business, academic and civil institutions that play a key role in integrated water resources management in the coffee sector, brought together around the mutual interest of contributing to sustainability and wellbeing of families who live in the coffee river basins that have been selected. They all seek to strengthen economic stability and environmental sustainability and recognize the importance of water and current challenges of climate change and water imbalance in Colombia and its countryside.


Coffee Sector Organizations

Institutions related to the coffee sector.

National and International Cooperation Organizations

National and international institutions that integrate a set of actions to support processes, coordinate policies and join efforts for intelligent water management.


Educational institutions, with public and private authority, interested in transferring and developing knowledge about responsible water use.

NGOs / Foundations

Non-profit and volunteer organizations whose objective is to take part in promotion of responsible water use.

I+R+D (Innovation + Research + Development) Institutions

Organizations that build partnerships to achieve, through research and development, innovation and sustainability in protection of water resources.

Governmental Institutions

Public organizations interested in the common good and quality of life of communities in the coffee regions.

Environmental Authorities

Public or private institutions with credibility in matters related to the environment or protection of natural resources, which promote their sustainable development.


Organizations whose execution platforms and guidelines include promotion of environmental protection.