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 maximise the impact of Cafedirect funds invested, it is a great way of ensuring local ownership and pride in the projects that are done.
Over the course of the year a total of 19,319 smallholders participated in a wide variety of locally created projects, including 16 young tea farmers who were trained to install energy saving stoves in Kenya, and 100 coffee farmers who benefited from technical training to improve the quality of their harvest in the Dominican Republic.
One of the most innovative projects was done by Cecovasa in Peru, and involved supporting the local coffee farmers to turn the sugar cane which was growing on their farms, but not being used, into a sugar product which can be sold in the local markets. This created sustainable micro-businesses that can provide additional income to the coffee farmers, and help maintain their income during unpredictable coffee harvest seasons and market prices.
A whole new set of PPP projects for this year has just begun, and our producer partners are currently deciding on the projects they want to prioritise – we will keep you updated as the projects get underway.