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Monday, 01 August 2016

East Africa: Twin, TMEA Move to Make Coffee Sector a More Lucrative Business

Producing high yield and quality coffee is a challenge for smallholder coffee farmers due to high investment in the production process. In addition, the farmers do not have a strong and sustainable links to potential buyers. These, coupled with rudimentary techniques at coffee washing stations (or wet mills) which affect quality of coffee, affect farmers' revenue and causes them to be vulnerable to coffee price volatility. To address the problem, Twin is currently implementing a project funded by Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA), which aims to increase the capacity of targeted twenty smallholder farmers' organizations in Rwanda and Burundi. The project supports coffee farmers' cooperatives to access specialty coffee market. This is achieved through training farmers to improve the quality of their coffee and helping them reach coffee buyers willing to pay better prices. As part of the project, from July 19- 20, 2016, Twin and TMEA held a validation workshop on coffee quality control through best practices at wet mills across East Africa. Participants in the workshop included Coffee Board Representatives from East African countries, coffee buyers from USA and Europe and representatives of coffee cooperatives under the project.

Source: allafrica.com