Expanding Specialty Coffee

As part of its regional Coffee Initiative, TechnoServe is helping small-scale farmers increase their incomes by producing higher-quality coffee for the lucrative specialty coffee market. TechnoServe helps farmers to organize into business groups, obtain credit and install processing equipment. We also train farmers to use the equipment and improve their farming practices. Our Tanzanian coffee work to date has helped increase farmers’ incomes by $1 million a year, partly by enabling them to sell directly to overseas buyers such as Starbucks and Peet's Coffee & Tea.