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This initiative, involving national NGOs and a local research institution, aims to empower coffee farmers and increase coffee production by improving agronomic practices and adding value through building product processing infrastructure and selling products directly to export markets.

KOLCAFÉ is pursuing an innovative organic farming approach that is designed to increase coffee yields 3 to 5 times through application of manure-based compost, proper pruning and selective harvesting. KOLCAFÉ also integrates in its programme a marketing strategy with tailor-made microfinance. Coffee is the world’s second largest traded commodity (by value) after oil. Demand and prices are predicted to grow, primarily due to emerging middle classes in China and India. The programme will not only improve the quality and selling prices but will also maximise revenue through construction of value-adding infrastructure in the village. 

In the village of Nyamuhunga:

  • Train farners on improved agronomic practices
  • Purchase manure for making manure-based compost to enrich the soil (complete)
  • For each farmer purchase high quality pruning tools and construct raised drying beds (complete)
  • Implement the initial phase of the marketing programme
  • Raise external funds to finance half the 50 k USD cost of constructingvalue-adding infrastructure in Nyamuhunga, purchase of related equipment and subsequent year’s manure purchases. The Kolping Society will cover the other half of project costs.
  • Initiate the project in a 2nd and 3rd villages (contingent on external funding).


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