This article describes the role of TechnoServe in helping to revive Zimbabwe's coffee sector.
For the world’s roughly 12.5 million farming families, 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 400,000 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
Coffee Farm College
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
October 15, 2019
We spoke with TechnoServe’s new coffee program manager for Puerto Rico about his background in coffee, his plans to revive the industry, and the biggest challenges he foresees.
September 30, 2019
To celebrate National Coffee Day, TechnoServe shared insights and stories about the smallholder farmers who grow this transformative crop and the impact coffee has had on their daily lives.
September 26, 2019
In the third part of our coffee consumer spotlight series, we are highlighting the unique profile of coffee from Honduras. Through the MAS program, TechnoServe is working to improve the competitiveness of Honduran coffee farmers by offering targeted training and support in all aspects of the coffee value chain.
September 25, 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, Global Coffee Director Paul Stewart answers your questions.
In the News
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