ACDI/VOCA has won a Cordaid-funded Ethiopian coffee development program, which will benefit 12,000 smallholder coffee farmers. The program will increase smallholder incomes by focusing on the major constraints in the coffee value chain: coffee productivity, quality, traceability and export management.
To address these constraints, ACDI/VOCA will provide training and technical assistance to farmers in composting, pruning, timely cherry picking and sun drying on raised beds. ACDI/VOCA will also work with exporters, unions, washing station owners, cooperatives and farmers to implement a system of traceability in order to guarantee that quality characteristics are preserved from the farm to the cup and to ensure that the premiums for this quality make their way back to the smallholder producers. This technical assistance will complement the activities of other donor-funded projects, which are focusing on seedling multiplication, grading and marketing.
ACDI/VOCA’s past work in Ethiopian coffee includes the impressive Agricultural Cooperatives in Ethiopia (ACE) Program, which supported the establishment of secondary level unions, expanded farmers’ access to purchasing and distribution outlets. The success of ACE was extensive, including in 2005 coffee produced by ACDI/VOCA’s client Ferro Cooperative in Sidama being designated Starbucks’ eighth Black Apron Exclusive. To learn more click here.
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