This article highlights the impact of the Coffee Initiative, a partnership between TechnoServe and the Gates Foundation.
For the world’s roughly 10 million coffee farmers – 95 percent who are smallholder family farmers – coffee represents food, clean water, medicine, school fees or a better home. Yet nearly half of these families are still living below the poverty line.
TechnoServe is helping to build a sustainable global coffee industry that can lift millions of farming families out of poverty. For nearly five decades, we have developed a set of market-based solutions to meet this challenge and applied them in communities across Africa and Latin America.
Our approach addresses four key areas:
- Better Farming: Improving farming by providing farmers with intensive, field-based agronomy and business training using local trainers
- Better Business: Strengthening the coffee industry by establishing, mobilizing financing for, and providing management support to farmer-owned coffee processing businesses and cooperatives
- Better Supply Chains: Developing practical and sustainable solutions to coffee supply chain issues including social responsibility and financial transparency
- Better Environment: Pioneering simple, cost-effective solutions to the environmental challenges associated with coffee production
We have assisted farmers in building 266 new wet mills and advised 177 existing wet mills, which has helped improve quality and raise incomes for 250,000 farmers.
We have trained more than 235,700 farmers in sustainable agronomic practices, helping farmers increase productivity and income. This has also created jobs for over 750 youth, who have been employed as farmer trainers.
TechnoServe has helped to improve the sustainability of the coffee supply chain, supporting over 580 businesses in adopting sustainability standards and increasing transparency. Since 2010, we have helped 50 wet mills in Ethiopia to upgrade their wastewater management systems and comply with environmental regulations.
On The Ground
PartnersBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Better Coffee Harvest
Providing Opportunities for Youth and Women Through Coffee in Eastern Guatemala
Enhancing Sustainability and Increasing Coffee Incomes in Ethiopia’s Sidama Zone
Developing a Sustainable Supply Chain for Unwashed Coffee
Revitalizing South Sudan’s Coffee Industry
Coffee Sustainability at the Origin
Sustainable Agricultural Improvement
PartnersU.S. Department of Agriculture
Water Wise Coffee
PartnersMother Parkers Tea & Coffee
Increasing the Adoption of Centralized Coffee Wetmills
Strengthening the Coffee Value Chain
December 11, 2016
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November 17, 2016
The public and private sectors invest in a partnership to help East African coffee farmers increase sustainable agronomic practices.
October 5, 2016
This month, coffee enthusiasts in five European countries and the U.S. can enjoy specialty coffee grown by farmers in South Sudan.
September 29, 2016
From El Salvador to Tanzania, smallholder coffee farmers like Dora and Gerard are improving the quality of their coffee and investing in a better future for their families.
In the News
This article highlights the impact of TechnoServe's coffee programs around the globe.
TechnoServe's alliance with USAID and Nespresso to support South Sudanese coffee farmers wins praise from experts.
TechnoServe's partnership with Nespresso is cited as an example of how to improve the livelihoods of coffee farmers.