This article highlights the lasting impact of TechnoServe's work with coffee farmers, five years after its completion.
For the world’s roughly 10 million coffee farmers – 95 percent of whom 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 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: Increasing the use of best farming practices by providing farmers with intensive, field-based agronomy and business training using local trainers
- Better Processing: Improving the quality of farmers' coffee at the processing level by supporting the establishment and management of processing businesses
- Better Supply Chains: Developing lasting market linkages and advancing sector growth by engaging with industry players to share learnings and align priorities
- Better Environmental & Social Standards: Pioneering simple, cost-effective solutions for a direct, environmentally sustainable, and financially transparent coffee sector
We have built, supported, or strengthened more than 1,000 coffee processors, which has helped improve quality and raise incomes for 500,000 farmers.
We have trained more than 344,000 farmers in sustainable agronomic practices, helping farmers increase productivity and income. This has also created jobs for over 800 youth, who have been employed as farmer trainers.
TechnoServe has helped to improve the sustainability of the coffee supply chain, supporting over 780 businesses in adopting sustainability standards and increasing transparency. Since 2010, we have helped nearly 90 wet mills in Ethiopia to upgrade their wastewater management systems and comply with environmental regulations.
On The Ground
Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality Program in Ethiopia and Kenya
PartnersBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Partnering with Peet’s Coffee for Profitable Farms
Joint Forces Sustainable Coffee Project
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
The MAS Project: 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
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February 22, 2019
We spoke with TechnoServe’s Coffee Program Manager for Puerto Rico about his plans to revive the industry, the biggest challenges he foresees, and what it’s like to be back home.
December 19, 2018
2018 was a milestone year for TechnoServe. Not only did we mark a half century of impact, but we built upon this legacy by working with thousands of farmers, entrepreneurs, and partners around the world to create opportunity and prosperity. Here are a few of our favorite stories from the year.
October 24, 2018
In the devastating wake of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico lost 80 percent of its coffee trees, crippling an important sector of its economy. Now TechnoServe and its partners are teaming up to help rebuild the island’s coffee industry and support thousands of farmers.
In the News
This article highlights the impact of the Coffee Initiative, a partnership between TechnoServe and the Gates Foundation.
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.