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Coffee For A Better Future

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Coffee For A Better Future is one of our ongoing projects taking place in Kenya, East Africa. Our active partners are Peter Larsen Kaffe and Kenya Cooperative Coffee Exporters. The project aims to help create sustainable development in Africa.

We are trying to improve living conditions for coffee farmers in Kenya. In the end we hope this will create a positive spiral reviving industry for specialty coffee in Kenya thereby making the coffee industry more profitable and therefore also more appealing to the new generation of Kenyans.

Our mission is:

  • To create and market innovative sustainable coffee products from East Africa to the European consumers
  • To implement a dynamic traceability platform for the coffee producers, roaster and retail shops
  • To initiate a coffee academy for training young people in Kenya to become active in the coffee supply chain

Our goals are to:

  • Develop and market a sustainable certified specialty coffee from Kenya
  • Develop marketing concept and materials for the European consumer
  • Implement the business management and traceability system in KCCE’s cooperatives
  • Develop and implement a coffee academy for young people (18 to 35)  with training activities for growth techniques, IT, logistics, marketing, and other services to the supply chain. Possibly a collaboration with the University of Kimathi in Nyeri.
  • Develop and initiate training among coffee growers and cooperative workers within growth methods with the purpose of getting higher yields

Progress:

Scholarships for Kimathi University:

Goal for first year (2014): To have awarded 10 scholarships
Status: 10 students have been granted Scholarships to study Coffee Technology at Kimathi University.
All 10 of the students have finished their exams and gone for attachments.

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Goal for second year (2015): To have awarded 20 scholarships in total
Status: The next 10 students have already been found and granted scholarships for Kimathi University. 19 of our students have finished their course and gone on to find relevant work.

20 / 20

Goal for final year (2016): To have awarded 20 scholarships in total
Status: All the scholarships for have now been awarded.

20 / 20

Farmer’s Field School Services:

Goal for first year (2014): To train 1500 producers in better growth techniques.
Status: 1700 producers have been trained within the first year. This is 200 more than expected.

1.700 / 1.500

Goal for second year (2015): To have trained 3000 producers in better growth techniques.
Status: By the end of the 2nd year 3280 producers have been enrolled in our Field School Services.
In January 103 were trained specifically in pruning techniques. They have now become certified pruners who can assist other members of the cooperative.

3.280 / 3.000

Goal for the final year (2016): To have trained 4500 producers in better growth techniques.
Status: We have managed to surpass our target. When the current class finishes we will have trained 4560 farmers.

4.560 / 4.500

Traceability:

Goal for first year (2014): To adapt the Just Fair traceability system to Kenyan standards and train 3 factories in the use of it.
Status: The Traceability System has been translated and adapted to Kenyan standards. 3 factories have been trained in the use of the system.

Goal for the second year (2015): To implement traceability at 19 factories and the Gatuyaini Dry Mill.
Status: The Digital Traceability System has been translated and adapted to Kenyan standards. 3 factories have been trained in the use of the system. We are currently developing a mobile application to connect with the system which will be implemented at all 19 factories in year 3 of the project. Until then a manual traceability system with physical records is in place at all 19 factories. Gatuyaini Dry Mill is also using Digital Traceability.

Goal for the final year (2016): To implement a Digital Traceability System covering all 19 factories and the Gatuyaini dry mill.
Status: Still ongoing

Better income for Farmers:

Goal for the first year (2014): To increase the income for the coffee farmers
Status: By the end of the first year of the project farmers of Othaya FCS were paid 57 ksh per. kg of coffee cherries compared to the county’s average of 51 ksh per. kg. That is a 12% increase in income.

Average income: 51 ksh per. kg
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Othaya Farmers income: 57 ksh per. kg
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Goal for second year (2015): To increase the income for the coffee farmers
Status: By the end of year 2 the Othaya FCS were paid 65,7 ksh per kg of cherries compared to the county’s average of 51,2 ksh per kg. That is a 28,3% increase in income.

Average income: 51,2 ksh per. kg
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Othaya Farmers income: 65,7 ksh per. kg
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Goal for final year (2016): To increase the income for the coffee farmers
Status:  Still awaiting final audit.


Better Quality Management:

100 %

Goal: To ensure that the quality of the coffee is maintained during the processing at the factories.
Status: The managers of all the factories within Othaya FCS have been trained in mill management at Kimathi University.
The board of Othaya FCS underwent training as well in the beginning of 2015.
A Quality Management system has been developed and the factory managers have been trained in the use of it. The system was rolled at the factories in the beginning of 2015.

Production Volumes:

300 / 200

Goal: To increase the production volumes per tree with 200% by the end of year 3.
Status: The farmers from the Field School Program, which we have audited, have already reached experienced a +300% increase in production (from 3 kg per tree to 13 kg per tree) in the end of 2015 (year 2).

 

Handelsportal_02Screenshot from our Just Fair Trade Portal, which has been implemented at KCCE in Kenya as a part of our Coffee Family Tree project.

More about the project:

Coffee For A Better Future is project attempting to improve conditions for farmers in the Othaya cooperative in Kenya. The cooperative’s more than 15.000 members have experienced massive improvements, as showcased above, during the course of this project. The funding for the project is set to end in 2017 but the structures implemented such as Farmer Field Schools should be able to live on and spread to other cooperatives in the future. The project proves beyond a doubt that, through direct trade and training, we can make a difference for farmers.

Our partners on the Project:

Main Partners

  • Peter Larsen Kaffe – (part of Löfberg Lilla, the biggest importer of sustainable coffee in Europe)
  • Just Fair (supplier of electronic traceability systems in Europe and Central America)
  • Kenya Cooperative Coffee Exporters (KCCE – biggest collection of cooperative exporters in Kenya)

Active Stakeholders

  • The Danish Federation for Small and Medium Enterprises (Consultants)
  • Danida (The Danish Foreign Ministry)
  • Fairtrade Mærket Danmark