This article describes the role of TechnoServe in helping to revive Zimbabwe's coffee sector.
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
The MAS Project 2.0: Sustainable Agricultural Improvement
PartnersU.S. Department of Agriculture
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
July 30, 2019
"Ask a TechnoServe Expert" is a series where our staff members, who work on a range of important global development issues, answer your questions. In this edition, Director of Strategic Initiatives Myriam Sainz answered your questions about corporate partnerships.
July 25, 2019
TechnoServe’s projects yield a wealth of lessons that can help us – and others – improve our work. In this series, we reflect on the lessons we have learned from our programs in Africa, India, and Latin America, sharing insights from program staff.
July 19, 2019
In Zimbabwe, smallholder coffee farmers like Tanyaradzwa Makina are gaining a new outlook on life through Nespresso’s Reviving Origins program.
June 14, 2019
In this series, we check back with TechnoServe program participants who were previously featured on our blog, documenting how their lives have changed and progressed.
In the News
Carole Hemmings describes how TechnoServe is helping to build the business case for sustainability in the coffee sector.
This article highlights the lasting impact of TechnoServe's work with coffee farmers, five years after its completion.
This article highlights the impact of the Coffee Initiative, a partnership between TechnoServe and the Gates Foundation.