What: Income improvement for coffee-producing households through video-based trainings and access to inputs
Where: Jimma Zone, Oromia Region, Ethiopia
When: 2023-2027

Comprehensive support for smallholder coffee farmers

Since Juli 2023, Digital Green is implementing a new project in the Jimma region, in the districts of Limu Kosa, Seka Chekorsa, Mana and Shebe Sombo. Our aim is to support coffee growing smallholder farmers in this region to increase their long-term incomes through various economic activities. Over the period from 2023 to 2027, we will reach around 39,250 smallholder farmers with complementary project activities. To increase income, the project pursues the following goals:

  • increasing the productivity of coffee and maize and
  • diversifying the income sources of smallholder households.

The project will achieve these goals through the following approaches:

  • Video-based training by government agricultural extension officers,
  • facilitating access to agricultural inputs and affordable loans for their purchase, and
  • the formation and support of women's self-help groups and honey producer groups.

Our implementation partner Digital Green is using digital technologies to empower smallholder farmers and their communities. The approach combines technology-led solutions with community-led initiatives. Digital Green is a learning organisation that experiments with new tools and approaches to address challenges. Recent initiatives focus on empowering youth and women through group formation and improved access to credit.

Complementary measures for greater impact
The project has strategic relevance for HWG, as the approach is complementary to already funded project approaches and promises a long-term and sustainable impact by strengthening existing structures. In addition to the tried-and-tested Digital Green approach of video-based training, the project also implements supplementary components, thereby intensifying the impact of the project.

An accompanying evaluation will be carried out to determine the effectiveness of this approach in the short and medium term. We are working with the International Food and Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) to evaluate the project. The aim of the evaluation is to determine the impact of the measures on the adoption of good agricultural practices, the productivity of maize and coffee and income. The project evaluation focuses on assessing the effectiveness of bundled measures in the agricultural context of Ethiopia.

The project is rigorously evaluated, i.e. a quantitative method is chosen that provides statistically representative results and assesses the causal impact of the project. To this end, the evaluation is based on a randomised control trial (RCT) design. The RCT is supplemented by qualitative group interviews and discussions in order to generate a deeper understanding of the measures and the impact of the project.