Coffee Innovation Fund

Promoting innovation, strengthening smallholder families

In its second round, the Coffee Innovation Fund is supporting pioneering projects in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. Factsheets on the individual projects from the coffee sector are now available.

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The Coffee Innovation Fund, financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), enables startups and cooperatives to test new ideas and gain experience. In each of the four East African countries, five projects are being supported that use innovative ways to make coffee cultivation more profitable for farmers. Using a wide variety of approaches, they improve production, processing or marketing of the beans and also increase local added value.

 

There are no limits to creativity: to compensate for the rapid drop in prices in the coffee sector, coffee farmers are supported in deriving their income from several products including Honey, Cascara Patchouli and more. A digital tool records the CO2 storagecapacity of coffee forests and promotes their protection. A mobile coring station also enables farmers in rural areas to sell their coffee at a higher value. Organic fertilizer is not only more environmentally friendly, it also increases the yield of the coffee harvest. In addition, digital databases promote transparency, market access and networking opportunities among cooperatives and smallholder farmers.

 

The selected projects are now starting their implementation phase for one year. This process will be supported and accompanied by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. Other actors should also benefit from these experiences through exchange at events and a handbook with practical solutions that were implemented in the projects. In this way, innovations from Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda will be carried throughout the coffee world.

Factsheets on the individual projects

Ethiopia

Using digital applications to facilitate market access for unorganized smallholder coffee producers

Ethiopia

Use of artificial intelligence for early detection of coffee diseases

Ethiopia

Proving the feasibility of results-based carbon payments for Ethiopian coffee agroforestry

Ethiopia

Production of organic Cascara to increase the living income of coffee farmers

Ethiopia

Creating capacity building and value addition service centers for smallholder farmers, entrepreneurs, and MSMEs

Kenya

Digitizing the Nairobi Coffee Exchange

Kenya

Diversifying coffee farm income through modern bee farming

Kenya

Expanding Eco-Friendly Domestic Consumption to increase farmer incomes

Kenya

Maximizing the benefits of sustainable wastewater management

Kenya

Repairing soils to increase quantity and quality coffee yields

Rwanda

Brand building and direct marketing campaign for Angelique's Finest coffee - fully made by women

Rwanda

Coffee and Patchouli intercropping and rejuvenation for increased coffee production and quality

Rwanda

Development of a Rwandan Coffee Value Chain Directory for Direct Crop to Cup Value Chain Market Linkages

Rwanda

Digitized coffee supply chain for improved quality, management, sourcing, and sustainability

Rwanda

Production of organic fertilizer using tithonia intercropping to increase productivity and quality

Uganda

Biogas technologies for clean energy and organic manure for increased coffee production

Uganda

Integration of beekeeping into the banana coffee system

Uganda

Mobile coffee pulping

Uganda

Rainwater harvesting for wet coffee processing

Uganda

Transparent reporting system for coffee