Want to join our team in Nairobi, Kenya?

CPF are now hiring a Center of Excellence Programme Manager – based in Nairobi, Kenya.   This is an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated, experienced programme manager to use their skills to bring an efficient and effective approach to the project management of a CPF programme in Africa and partially in Latin America the …

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Kapkiyai, Women in Coffee – training at a Centre of Excellence

Blog written by CPF Youth Coordinator, Carolyne Mutai  Despite contributing up to 70% of the labour required to plant, grow and harvest coffee, women farmers in Kenya rarely own any of the land or coffee bushes that grow on it. These assets usually belong to the men, as the heads of the family, and as …

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Smallholder Farmers – the quiet front line in the battle against climate change

This week the COP21 climate talks are getting underway in Paris. Although many agree that the stakes are higher than ever, political wrangling over how to approach climate change seems to continue unabated. Despite this, smallholder and indigenous communities across the world are responding robustly. Using their expert knowledge of the land, these communities have …

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SmallFolders – Inspired by smallholders

We’re thrilled to welcome you to SmallFolders, a new series of urban gardening products from Cafedirect Producers’ Foundation! SmallFolders are flatpack urban gardening products inspired by African and Latin American farmers and their hacks to gardening challenges. SmallFolders will help you grow herbs and plants, keep bees, and bring the magic of nature straight from …

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#OneBigTweet – How to give to charity without spending a penny.

Today, we at Cafedirect Producers’ Foundation (CPF) are launching #OneBigTweet, an exciting new fundraising campaign that will offer the public the chance to donate to us without spending a penny. Upon hearing this bold statement, most people we have spoken to have immediately broken into a chorus of question words: why? what? how? who? when? …

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Youth Engagement in Agriculture

Engaging young people in agriculture has become an increasingly important issue on the international development agenda. Young people possess the technical skills and entrepreneurial spirits critical to the agricultural sector’s future. Unfortunately, most do not see agriculture as a viable livelihood and many leave rural communities in search of greater opportunities. According to the UN, …

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WeFarm: Developing a Business Plan

Over the past two and a half years we have developed and piloted WeFarm, peer-to-peer knowledge sharing network for smallholder farmers in the most isolated locations worldwide. Using WeFarm, a farmer can crowdsource a solution to a common agricultural challenge or share an idea, using just a basic mobile phone to send a local-rate SMS. …

The 2011 Producer Programme

Over the last year the Cafedirect Producers Foundation has worked with 28 smallholder tea and coffee groups across 9 counties on the Producer Partnership Programme (PPP), which supports each of these producer partner groups to create and manage their own local project, according to their own priorities. Not only does this method of working help …

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WeFarm – What we’ve learned so far

WeFarm is a worldwide peer-to-peer knowledge sharing network from theCafdirect Producers Foundation(CPF). It has been designed by and for smallholder farmers. The content is created by the users; sharing their knowledge and ideas from farmer to farmer across continents and languages, and enabling people with no access to the internet to harness its power, through …