What: Supporting 21.000 smallholder farmers in coffee production and beekeeping, capacitating coffee washing stations
Where: Jimma Zone, Oromia Region, Ethiopia
When: 2022-2025

So that the work bears more fruit.
Since January 2022, we have been implementing our second coffee agronomy programme in the Jimma Zone, in the provinces of Gumay, Gera and Gomma, with the help of TechnoServe. The aim is to support coffee farmers in sustainably increasing the yield of their coffee farms. In regular training sessions, local project staff teaches farmers best practices in coffee cultivation through theory, practical exercises and farm visits. A new feature is the combination with training sessions on honey production. In addition, this project advises local coffee washing stations on how to make their processing more sustainable and cost-efficient and improve the quality of the coffee.

Our implementation partner TechnoServe draws on more than 50 years of experience in development cooperation and a focus on economic solutions for poverty reduction. The organisation supports farmers to increase their income and improve their living conditions through their own efforts. We implemented the first project in cooperation with TechnoServe in the Sidama region from 2019 to mid-2022. Read more about the previous project.

Improving together.
Together with TechnoServe, we are working to constantly optimise the training programme. We regularly collect feedback from participants and test new approaches and measures to find innovative answers to recurring questions: How can we better support farmers to practically apply acquired knowledge? How could a value chain for coffee work in the interest of all stakeholders? For this purpose, trainings are also conducted in the form of individual farm visits to test the effects of 1:1 support in this programme.

To create impact for our target group and learnings on all ends are our top priorities. For this reason, this project is independently evaluated by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).