Supporting Smallholder Coffee Farmers

Coffee contributes more than 30 percent of annual export earnings, and provides a livelihood for over one million households. Since 2009, TechnoServe helped establish 90 new farmer-owned wet mills across Ethiopia as part of the Coffee Initiative. These wet mills have given smallholder farmers a way to produce consistent, high-quality washed coffee and earn premiums averaging 50 percent above the price of unwashed coffee. In the program’s first year, a cooperative with a new wet mill located near the town of Jimma took top prize at the national Taste of Harvest event. In 2012, a TechnoServe-assisted cooperative in Agaro won the Africa Taste of Harvest competition. TechnoServe is continuing its work by providing agronomy training to over 50,000 coffee farmers in Ethiopia.