The International Coffee Partners (ICP) pre-competitive sustainability initiative has extended its work to Ethiopia.
The Coffee Alliances for Ethiopia (CAFE) project is co-financed by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the operational unit of Austrian Development Cooperation, and aims to improve the economic situation and well-being of smallholder coffee farmers and their families in Ethiopia’s Amhara region. By August 2023, ICP hopes it will have reached 2,500 smallholder families.
“Being active in neighbouring Uganda since 2005 and Tanzania since 2010, ICP brings a broad range of experiences and learnings to Ethiopia,” said Kathrine Löfberg, Chairperson of ICP (shown here).
The project aims to support efficient, inclusive farmer organizations, upgrading farming systems and resilience to climate change, whilst addressing issues such as food and nutrition security as well as gender equality.
“For many households, coffee production represents an important source of income,” said Ms Löfberg. “In terms of productivity we aim to raise this by 40 per cent per hectare on average compared to the baseline.”
The project will be implemented by the Hanns R Neumann Stiftung (HRNS), ICP’s implementing partner, which has been active in Ethiopia’s coffee regions since 2014.
The ICP will also use Farmer Field Schools to accomplish its plan.
Overall, it is hoped, the Amhara region will benefit from the CAFE project by demonstrating how coffee production can be developed as part of diversified farming systems which are sustainable and profitable.