Ethiopia is the largest coffee producer in Africa. Approximately 2,2 million smallholder families are engaged in coffee production with coffee as their main cash crop. Many of these smallholder farmers face a range of economic, social and environmental problems which threaten their livelihoods and jeopardize the development of the individual farms. Until September 2023 our project will reach 2,500 smallholder families. The project “Coffee Alliances for Ethiopia” CAFE supports the setup of efficient, inclusive farmer organizations, upgrading the farming systems and their resilience to climate change, food and nutrition security as well as increased gender equality. For the households, coffee production represents an important source of income. In terms of productivity the projects raise this by 40% per hectare in average compared to the baseline.

Besides the work on the household level, the project will work with a total number of 73 Farmer Field Schools – FFS. FFS sessions cover about 20 topics which depend on the seasonal crop calendar. Co-financed by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the Amhara region will benefit from CAFE by demonstrating how coffee production can be developed as part of diversified farming systems which are sustainable and profitable.

With this project intervention, ICP builds upon experiences made during the CAFE phase one implemented since 2014 in the Region. Co-financed by the Austrian Development Agency, The Löfberg Family Foundation, Lavazza Foundation and Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS) it reached 2,500 smallholder families and supported 10 Farmer Organizations as well as establishing one Union.

Project targets

Smallholder Households

% Increase in Yield per Hectar

New Farmer Field Schools

Farmer Testimonial:

Emebet and Birhanu Mekonnen

The quality of our coffee was questionable. During the project, we professionalized coffee production. We are encouraged by the outcome and acquired additional coffee land and now we manage more than 2 hectares – 2.5 times of what we had before. We are supplying high-quality coffee for the export market through our cooperative. Change also happened in the household. We are planning together and take decisions on household issues including coffee marketing, saving money, spending money together. We are respecting each other’s ideas as well as caring for one another.