NPR Features TechnoServe’s Work with Coffee Farmers
July 22, 2013
An Ethiopian cooperative improves the quality of its coffee, sells to major international roasters and benefits the local community.
People have grown and processed coffee in southwestern Ethiopia’s Jimma Zone for generations. But traditional processing methods and a lack of attention to quality control made the area synonymous with bad coffee.
In 2010, more than 100 local coffee farmers banded together to form a cooperative called Duromina. NPR correspondent Gregory Warner visited Duromina to learn how these farmers – with assistance from TechnoServe – have improved the quality of their beans and produced some of the best coffee in Africa.
Read more from NPR.
Related Blog Posts
After decades of conflict, women hold the key to the establishment of peaceful economies in rural Colombia.
Cashew farming communities in northern Mozambique are seeing firsthand the important contributions that women can make when they are empowered to make a difference.
In communities like Kubacha, Nigeria, Sunlight Water Centers are providing access to clean, safe water and freeing up thousands of hours of productive time for women and girls.