Ethiopia

Overview

With one of the fastest growing non-oil economies in Africa, Ethiopia presents tremendous opportunities for inclusive growth. Agriculture accounts for 85 percent of total employment and more than 45 percent of the gross domestic product.

However, many smallholder farmers are not integrated into commercial markets due to a lack of coordination, information and access to markets. Since 2009, TechnoServe has been working to address these challenges, with a focus on supporting smallholder coffee farmers. As the birthplace of coffee, Ethiopia has a climate and terrain well-suited for producing high-quality beans. TechnoServe is helping coffee farmers sustainably boost their incomes by improving quality, productivity and business practices.

On The Ground

Projects

 

Coffee Initiative

The Coffee Initiative worked with local farmers in East Africa to improve agronomy and business practices, establish new coffee cooperatives and strengthen existing ones, and help cooperatives create business plans and access financing for wet mills.
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Partners in Food Solutions-TechnoServe Alliance

The Partners in Food Solutions (PFS)-TechnoServe Alliance matches the expertise of leading global food companies with the needs of African-based food processing companies in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia.
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Enhancing Sustainability and Increasing Coffee Incomes in Sidama

Coffee production in the Sidama Zone of Ethiopia is primarily by 200,000 smallholder farmer families, who despite growing some of the highest quality coffee in the world continue to live in poverty due to small farm sizes and low productivity. Beginning in 2013, TechnoServe in partnership with IDH, Nestlé and Nestlé Nespresso is working to increase the income of these farmers by increasing the supply of high-quality, sustainable produce coffee. The program has trained 83 private wet-mill operators to improve sustainability practices through the adoption of new practices including the separation of coffee pulp from waste water for composting and distribution to farmers.

Partners

IDH, Nespresso
 

Developing a Sustainable Supply Chain for Unwashed Coffee

Ethiopia is the largest exporter of Arabica coffee in Africa, with 70 percent of exports being unwashed coffee. With support from Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE) and IDH, TechnoServe is looking to make the unwashed coffee sector in Ethiopia's Jimma, Lekempt and Sidama regions more sustainable. The project will support 100 high producing hulling stations to comply with sustainability standards, as well as provide agronomy training to help 24,000 farmers adopt best practices and increase yields by 50 percent. The program has supported 33 hulling stations in adopting sustainability practice as of the end of 2015.
 

Supporting Maize Farmer Cooperatives

Aiming to increase smallholder farmers’ access to sustainable markets in Ethiopia, TechnoServe implemented the World Food Program’s Purchase for Progress (WFP-P4P) project between 2013 and 2015. In partnership with the Maize Alliance we supported 16 farmer-owned cooperative unions (representing 333,000 farmers) by providing training on post-harvest handling, quality management, good governance and leadership, financial management, and business planning. Through targeted support, the project helped the cooperatives deliver on contract agreements for P4P. In the 2014-2015 season, they delivered 13,200 metric tons of maize, 100 percent of which met quality standards.

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Ethiopia
 

Water Wise Coffee

In Ethiopia’s Sidama coffee region, hundreds of millions of liters of wastewater and coffee pulp are accidentally discharged into the rivers during coffee processing. This polluted water then becomes source water for communities and wet mills downstream. Since 2012, Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee and TechnoServe have partnered on the Water Wise Coffee project to protect the region's rivers. The project works with wet mill owners to implement an innovative water management solution, which includes reducing water usage, separating the coffee pulp from the wastewater, and planting vetiver grass wetlands. The wastewater is then absorbed by the vetiver grass, which is able to tolerate highly polluted water, or evaporates, while the coffee pulp is composted and distributed to farmers as organic fertilizer. The project is working with 70 wet mills along the Kola, Malebo and nearby rivers to implement these solutions. In 2015, participating wet mills processed 13,812 metric tons of coffee cherry and converted coffee pulp into over 2,400 metric tons of compost. Testing downriver from wet mill sites has shown that the Water Wise approach prevents pollution by the wet mill during the harvest season, with rivers maintaining their pre-harvest condition.

Blog Posts

July 19, 2016

The Impact Comes From the Coffee Cherry

Garuke coffee cooperative in Ethiopia was the only employer in the area for workers like Seifu Abafita, but in 2009 was on the brink of closure until support from the Coffee Initiative helped to turn things around.

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April 12, 2016

Transforming Harvest Season in Ethiopia

An innovative approach to coffee production in the Sidama region is helping smallholder farmers improve their livelihoods while setting an example of environmental sustainability.

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March 22, 2016

Clean Rivers and Profitable Farms in Ethiopia’s Coffee Country

On World Water Day, we highlight coffee farming communities in Ethiopia that are taking action for clean water.

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Contact

TechnoServe Ethiopia

P.O. Box 100598
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Tel: +251 1 663 0017
Fax: +251 1 663 0018

Mefthe Tadesse

Country Director
mtadesse@tns.org

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