Strengthening the Coffee Value Chain in the Congo
The growing global demand for specialty coffee presents an opportunity for farmers in the highlands of South Kivu to earn higher prices for their crop. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and led by Tetra Tech, Technoserve is helping support the Feed the Future Democratic Republic of the Congo Strengthening Value Chains Activity (SVC).
The SVC is providing training to 15,000 coffee farming households, over the course of five years, and delivering technical assistance to cooperatives and other market actors to bolster the specialty coffee value chain in South Kivu. The project aims to increase farmer yields by 30 percent, while supporting local processing businesses to export 50 containers (worth more than $11 million) of specialty coffee and offer farmers higher, more stable prices. The trainings encompass climate-smart techniques designed to improve productivity and coffee quality, linking to inclusive value chains and supportive market services, and the establishment and improvement of coffee washing stations.
By increasing coffee incomes for smallholder households, SVC seeks to provide a long-term economic incentive for ongoing community peace building efforts.