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Strengthening cocoa farmers in Côte d'Ivoire

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:28

Comparable to our approach in coffee, our project activities in Côte d'Ivoire combine effective farmer training with the strengthening of farmer groups and the transition of a cooperative into a key service provider. The central idea is to develop strong and independent farmer organizations that can interact with other components of the supply chain at eye-level. The core concept was implemented by supporting farmers of one cooperative that demonstrates characteristics of many other cooperatives in Côte d’Ivoire, and can therefore serve as a pilot.

We proceed on several levels:

at the individual level: we strengthen both technical as well as managerial capacity of the farmers through direct trainings. This happens by means of building up Farmer Field Schools (FFS), where farmers learn through demo plots how to increase efficiency and the quality of their production as well as farm management tools.

at an organizational level: we build the capacity of the farmer cooperative by giving them access to tools that improve their performance, management skills, and allow them to act as service providers to cooperative members.

at the macro level: we share results and insights of our work with other stakeholders, actively promoting sustainable development in the Ivorian cocoa sector.

CountryCôte d'Ivoire | Côte d'Ivoire

Turnaround Programme for Coffee Cooperatives (TAP)

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:06

Since 2006 SNV has been engaged in strengthening the coffee sector in Rwanda jointly with national Agricultural Export Development Board MINAGRI. From February 2014 to 2017 February, SNV partnered with NAEB in implementing the Turnaround Program for Coffee Cooperatives Phase I and II under the PRICE project funded by IFAD.

Under the two phases of TAP spanning a period of two years (2015-2017). The projects has supported 50 coffee cooperatives to improve their management, governance and business development capacities. As a result majority of them started increasing their membership base and increased the quality and quantity of coffee production and sales achieving increased income. In total the TAP programme has reached 18,295 households, including 7,796 female-headed households.

Coffee Initiative

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 16:32

The Coffee Initiative worked with local farmers in East Africa to improve agronomy and business practices, establish new coffee cooperatives and strengthen existing ones, and help cooperatives create business plans and access financing for wet mills.

Duration:Jan 2008 - Jan 2011
Number of farmers:
CountryEthiopia | Kenya | Rwanda | Tanzania, United Republic of

Coffee Pickinn - A Challenge for Innovation in Colombian Coffee Harvesting

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 09:43



The Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (Federation) is looking for innovative proposals coming from entrepreneurs, research groups and/or companies offering a solution that would make the process of selective coffee harvesting in Colombia more efficient.

The solutions with the greatest potential for tackle the challenge, will be sponsored by the Federation through economic contributions and/or in kind, to be developed and subsequently implemented in the Colombian countryside. The Federation is willing to develop a strategic alliance with the challenge solver(s) that leads to the implementation of the following stages, according to the degree of progress of the proposed solution:

• Develop the chosen solution through its own funds or obtain them through third parties;
• Advance the experimental process, adjustment and final development of the solution through mentors and partners;
• Enable ownership of the solution by potential users through training and awareness processes .

Depending on the state of progress of solutions, different approaches for a rapport scheme between the Federation and those proposing the solution can be set forth:

• Co-financing of seed capital: support for the creation and strengthening of a business enterprise;
• Provision of services: guaranteed contract for a certain amount of time for the selected enterprise to develop and implement the solution;
• Business partners: shared risks and investments in a prospective business aimed at designing and marketing the solution.

Duration:Jan 2018 - Dec 2018

Regional Public Goods

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 17:30

Tchibo Joint Forces!

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 17:46

Small scale coffee farmers in Santa Barbara, Huehuetenango face yields approximately 50% lower than large scale plantations in other regions of Guatemala. This is largely due to limited familiarity with Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), a lack of market knowledge and a lack of market access. This project aims to assist farmers in capturing the value from higher quality coffee with the skills required to produce consistent quality coffee in small-scale home mills. The project will organize farmers into 40 groups of 25 members. These groups will address the key issues faced by small scale farmers while building healthy market systems and service delivery models the help farmers adopt and sustain practices necessary to break the cycle of poverty. Demonstration pots will be used as sites for monthly activity-based lessons focused on practical agronomy and business skills (including record-keeping, profit and loss determination and ‘farming as a business’ best practices). These farmer groups will also be connected to local input suppliers to secure discount prices through bulk purchases. Links with Counisa/Unicafe will be fostered so that farmers receive regular feedback regarding coffee quality.

Duration:Mar 2017 - Apr 2018
Number of farmers:

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