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International Coffee Partners in Tanzania

Coffee is Tanzania's most important crop, indirectly providing a livelihood for about six to seven percent of the country's total population. Most coffee farms, however, are small and the farmers are struggling with low productivity levels for both cash crops and food crops resulting in inadequate levels of income. We have been working with smallholder families in Northern and Southern Tanzania since 2006.

Current Project

Enhancing Livelihood Prospects for Coffee Farming Families in Tanzania

Location: Mbeya and Songwe Regions (Southern Tanzania)

Timeline: January 2024 – December 2026

Target # of participants: 3,000 smallholder farming families (65 % new participants) and 1,200 youth

Main project objective: Improve livelihoods of the farming families by making them more competitive and climate resilient, based on sustainable practices while youth are empowered economically and socially to become drivers of change.

Project Highlights

Farming Families:

  • Train farmers on dynamic agroforestry and conventional agroforestry practices.
  • Support the establishment of nurseries with improved coffee variety and shade tree seedlings.
  • Capacity building on Conservation Agriculture (CA) techniques for maize and beans.
  • Link farming families with relevant service providers for improved seed varieties.
  • Capacity building on animal husbandry in collaboration with relevant partners.


  • Facilitate the establishment and strengthening of Youth Farmer Field Schools (YFFS).
  • Support youth in assessing risks and opportunities in agriculture and coffee production.
  • Introduce youth to climate-resilient production techniques, including regenerative agriculture and agroforestry.
  • Facilitate access to inputs, technology, know-how, and finance for youth.
  • Train youth on entrepreneurship skills and encourage them to explore business opportunities in rural communities.
  • Support generational change inside farming families and farmer organizations.

Achievements Since the First Project Started


Total households reached since 2001

10,668 ha

Impacted farmland in current phase

65 %

Adoption rate for Good Agricultural Practices in 2022

98 %

Climate-smart agricultural practices adoption rate in 2022

47 %

Rate of women in project activities and trainings in 2022


Number of supported farmer organizations in 2022