A pre-competitive initiative led by eight of the largest European coffee roasting companies is launching a project designed to reach 2,500 smallholder coffee-farming families in Ethiopia.
With co-financing from the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and implementation led by Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS), the “Coffee Alliances for Ethiopia” (CAFE) project comes from International Coffee Partners (ICP), a consortium whose members include Lavazza (Italy), Joh. Johannson (Norway), Löfbergs (Sweden), and Neumann Gruppe and Tchibo (Germany), among others.
The project will focus on farming communities in Amhara region until 2023, with the goal of assisting smallholder coffee farmers through establishing farmer organizations, upgrading infrastructure, building climate change resilience, addressing food insecurity and nutrition, and promoting gender equity.
“For the households, coffee production represents an important source of income,” ICP Chairperson Kathrine Löfberg said in an announcement of the initiative. “In terms of productivity we aim to raise this until August 2023 by 40% per hectare on average compared to the baseline.”
ICP has been involved with coffee-farmer-related programing in neighboring Uganda and Tanzania since 2005 and 2010, respectively, while HRNS will be bringing five years of experience working in Ethiopia as the implementing partner.