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Sustainable Technologies to Boost Productivity, Resilience to Severe Climate, Coffee Quality, and Livelihoods of Brazilian Coffee Farmers

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 16:39

This project focuses on training small and medium farmers to improve coffee sustainability through smart, clean and efficient technologies. Trainings and technologies ultimately aim to address coffee quality and provide means to access better markets. Resilience against severe climate conditions is developed through smart and low cost practices on soil, plant and pest management in order to increase yields and sustainability while lowering costs. Moreover, the advantages of being organized into groups, associations and cooperatives (such as bulk input buying and selling coffee as a group) are highlighted. Lastly, trainings have a specific focus on increasing the number of women in leadership and entrepreneurial positions. As a result of the project, a more stable supply of sustainable Brazilian coffee will be available for export while simultaneously improving farmers’ quality of life

Duration:Jan 2014 - Dec 2017
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Climate resilient value chain from Peru

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 15:27

In 2015, following a 2 year successful climate change adaptation pilot project in San Juan del Oro funded by Matthew Algie and M&S (Plan A) on improved water management and water conservation, the innovative partnership is broadening and welcome Taylors of Harrogate on board this pre-competitive initiative to strengthen the value chain of M&S, for both retail and the cafés.

The project is working with two cooperatives CAC Pangoa and CAC San Juan del Oro over the next 3 years (2015-2018) tackling the priorities identified by the farmers and management: climate change impact and management of natural resources, gender injustices, youth disengagement.

Duration:Jan 2015 - Dec 2018
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Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:50

The CQI’s Partnership for Gender Equity (PGE) brings together coffee sector actors to better understand the link between gender equity and supply chain resilience. The goal is to ignite the coffee industry to invest in gender equity for a transformative, global impact. The project develops shared tools, methodologies, and data to measure the impact of gender investment in the value chain. It encourages actors to adopt a consistent, comprehensive commitment to more responsible sourcing. Finally, it lays the foundation for a community of practice to share knowledge and learn across initiatives.

In particular, PGE will create a packaged and tested design for gender equity investment and intervention, and a validated measurement framework. The measurement framework and gender indicators are built on existing measurement systems and can be integrated into PGE project design, COSA’s measurement framework, or other performance monitoring systems. These outcomes constitute much-needed contributions to the coffee sector and can be shared with platforms like SAFE or broadly with individual companies. In commodities with similar production systems, like cocoa, the methodology and indicators will be largely applicable.

Implementing partners

Coffee Quality Institute (CQI), S&D Coffee and Tea, PRODECOOP

Direct and Indirect Beneficiaries

The project is expected to benefit over 3,400 direct and indirect beneficiaries. 900 people will receive household level trainings, and 20 executive staff members in PRODECOOP will be directly trained in integrating gender intervention work in their policies and practices. In total, PRODECEOOP comprises over 2,500 member farmers, who will be direct beneficiaries of any policy changes.


Northwestern Nicaragua (Estelí, Nueva Segovia, and Madriz)

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Duration:Jan 1970 - Jan 1970

Providing Opportunities for Youth and Women Through Coffee in Eastern Guatemala

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 16:56

TechnoServe together with the Trade Facilitation Office of Canada and Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons is implementing a four-year initiative to train 1,000 farmers in agronomic and sustainability practices in eastern Guatemala. Launched in 2015, the project aims to pilot innovative approaches to improve gender equality in the coffee business and in family decision-making. It is expected that 50 percent of coffee families will adopt actions to promote a greater sharing of responsibilities between men and women. As a complement, TechnoServe will train youth in coffee growing communities to improve their economic opportunities in three areas: farming as a business; creating one's own business; and accessing the formal job market.

Duration:Jan 2015 - Jan 2018
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Africa Agriculture Development Company

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 17:30

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