Africa

Since 2002 International Coffee Partners (ICP) has successfully completed 7 projects in Africa.

Cameroon, North-West-Province

North West Cooperative Association (NWCA)

11/2002 – 06/2007

The overall goal of the NWCA project was the improvement of the living conditions of small-scale coffee farmers and their families organised within the cooperative structure of the North West Province. The project purpose was that the management of NWCA works efficiently and assures the provision of the associated small farmers with advice, inputs and marketing services.

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Uganda, Masaka District

Sustainable Coffee Production and Income Diversification in Bigasa Sub-County

01/2004 – 12/2008

The objective of the ICP project in Masaka District was the improvement of the living conditions of organised small-scale coffee farmers and their families in Bigasa Sub-county by means of increasing farm income through sustainable coffee farming and promotion of other promising crops.

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Tanzania, Mbeya and Mbozi District

Sustainable Coffee Production and Processing coupled with Income Diversification

05/2006 – 08/2010

The objective of the project was to improve the living conditions of organized small-scale coffee farmers and their families through the increase of net farm income through sustainable Arabica coffee farming and promotion of other promising crops in Mbeya and Mbozi District, Tanzania.

The livelihoods of more than 2,000 farmers and their families were improved in Mbozi. Extremely low yields and a low return from coffee were improved through the doubling of yields and improvement of coffee quality. Where there used to be distrust and selfishness, the farmers started working together in democratic, transparent and self-managed farmer organizations. With their newly acquired marketing and organizational skills beneficiaries are now able to sell their coffee in larger volumes, independent of middlemen and their low payment. Support from the project also covered aspects such as record keeping, loan acquisition and management as well as the establishment of saving mechanisms for farmer groups and building up of their equity. Farmers were supported in establishing an Apex Organization and optimizing the marketing of their sales via the national auction to international clients.

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Tanzania, Mbeya District

Building Coffee Farmer Alliances in Tanzania (CFAT)

05/2010 – 10/2015

The project commenced in May 2010 as an up-scaling effort from the previous pilot project by ICP “Sustainable Coffee Production in Mbeya Rural and Mbozi District” (2006-2010). The project built up on experiences from the initial pilot to further increase the number of beneficiaries, and to contribute to the implementation of economic, social and environmental change processes in the region.

The main objective was to generate higher incomes for 12,000 coffee farmers in southern Tanzania (representing with their families about 60,000 people in total) through improved production systems within 5 years in order to exceed the poverty line of USD 1.0 per person per day in a sustainable way.

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Uganda, Masaka and Kasese District

Expansion of the “BuildingCoffee Farmers’Alliances in Uganda” (CFAU) Project

04/2012 – 06/2016

The Expansion of the “Building Coffee Farmers Alliances in Uganda” (CFAU) Project followed on from a previous project that supported 35,000 smallholder coffee producing households in the Robusta producing districts of Mityana, Mubende, Luwero, Nakaseke, Nakasongola and Bukomansimbi.

The overall aim of the CFAU project was to improve the living conditions of smallholder coffee farmers by increasing their income from coffee production in a sustainable way. Project activities were geared towards a step-by-step improvement of coffee production and of farmer access to services and to coffee markets. This entailed working on productivity, product quality, processing and logistics, and commercial empowerment. Comprehensive technical and management capacity building was provided on the level of the individual farmers as well as on the level of farmer organizations. The project helped establish business oriented farmer organizations which are transparent, professionally managed and which provide key services required by the farmers. Economies of scale are achieved through lower costs of input supply and adequate organization of the coffee flow.

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Uganda, Central Region

Strengthening the Coffee Farmers Alliance

05/2015 – 06/2019

The objective of the ICP project was to up-grade the service delivery capacity of farmer organizations. Such like the technical extension, bulk marketing, value addition, linkages to buyers and service providers and access to finance.

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Tanzania, Northern and Southern Tanzania

Improving lives through commercially oriented farmer organizations in Tanzania

01/2016 – 12/2019

The key objective of the project was to improve the livelihood of 25,000 coffee farming households within 4 years in northern and southern coffee regions in Tanzania. This was achieved, among other things, by strengthening the capacities of farmer organizations and their Apex to increase and professionalize bulk marketing. Also, the project rolled out a business training approach to promote internal saving schemes. Furthermore, youth participation was enhanced, while commencing a gender pilot project in Mbeya for 6,000 households.

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