On The Ground
Solutions for African Food Enterprises
PartnersBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality Program in Ethiopia and Kenya
The Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program is a unique green coffee sourcing approach that combines a focus on quality, sustainability, and productivity. It aims to secure a stable supply of the highest quality coffee for Nespresso, while simultaneously improving the livelihoods of the farmers that grow it through the lens of environmental protection. In 2013, Nespresso and TechnoServe entered into a partnership to pilot the rollout of the Nespresso AAA Program in Africa.
The two-year pilot in Ethiopia (Phase I, 2013-2014) leveraged and expanded upon TechnoServe’s Farm College agronomy training and wet-mill support curriculum in order to reach more than 4,000 farmers and support three wet mills. This pilot delivered significant impact to both smallholder farmers and wet mill businesses, exceeding many of its targets, and attracted match funding of $4.5 million from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and IDH (The Sustainable Trade Initiative) in 2014. This led to an expansion of program activities, so that in 2017, TechnoServe and Nespresso launched Phase II of the AAA Program to scale up activities in both Kenya and Ethiopia.
The expanded approach will enable Nespresso to achieve its target of sourcing high-quality AAA coffees from Kenya and Ethiopia while reducing poverty and improving resilience to climate change for approximately 57,000 total households by 2020.
So far, 215 wet mill businesses enrolled in the AAA Program have made significant strides toward compliance with social, environmental, quality, and economic standards, and more than 46,800 farmers have been trained across both countries, 48 percent of whom are adopting at least half of a set of recommended agricultural techniques to improve their yields.
Enhancing Sustainability and Increasing Coffee Incomes in Ethiopia’s Sidama Zone
Developing a Sustainable Supply Chain for Unwashed Coffee
Supporting Maize Farmer Cooperatives
Water Wise Coffee
PartnersMother Parkers Tea & Coffee
April 20, 2018
In Ethiopia, TechnoServe is working with Nespresso’s AAA Sustainable Quality Program to build a coffee sector that is sustainable and prosperous for local farmers and ecosystems.
March 20, 2018
In the Majang Forest of Ethiopia, TechnoServe is working to create sustainable and prosperous forest-based economies by helping women to reduce time spent in drudgery, launch income-generating activities, and enter competitive markets for non-timber forest products.
March 14, 2018
In Ethiopia, 75 percent of the work in the coffee value chain is carried out by women, whereas only 43 percent of the income is earned by those same women. Kebebushe is one of 79 agronomists working with Nespresso to support more than 40,000 coffee farmers with best farming practices, and to improve the status of women throughout the value chain.
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