Democratic Republic of the Congo

Overview

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is one of the largest countries in the world and one of the poorest. Approximately 70 percent of the population lives in rural areas, and roughly 40 million people depend on farming for their livelihoods.

Yet just a small fraction of the DRC’s arable land is actively cultivated. Years of conflict in eastern DRC have eroded the economy, diminished the productive and adaptive capacity of households, and discouraged private investment in economic activities. However, the growing global demand for specialty crops like coffee present a tremendous opportunity to increase Congolese farmer incomes.

On The Ground

Projects

 

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).
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Blog Posts

September 14, 2018

Congolese Farmers Rebuild with Coffee and Courage

The coffee produced by a young cooperative in South Kivu recently excelled in a prestigious competition, demonstrating how determination, cooperation, and resilience can pay off for farming families in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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TechnoServe Democratic Republic of Congo                           

Janno van der Laan

Country Manager
jlaan@tns.org

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