Traceable Organic Coffee from Kenya
Globally, consumers and retailers are becoming increasingly aware of the need for responsible production and consumption. There is therefore a market push to reduce the impact of harmful pesticides and other farm inputs on the environment, promote biodiversity and ensure natural resource management. The TRACE Kenya project will contribute to economic growth and promote environmental and social standards of 15,000 smallholder coffee farmers (30% women and 10% youth) in Kericho, Nandi and Bungoma counties by growing Kenya’s organic coffee for export to consumer markets in Europe and the USA by 2023. Our approach includes capacity building initiatives and interactive training on innovative organic coffee practices, facilitating access to high yielding and disease-resistant coffee varieties and eco-friendly inputs, and promoting eco-friendly technologies. With this comes improved coffee productivity (quality and quantity) and access to new markets, resulting in improved farmer’ incomes and a wider market base for the commercial partner. The project strives to create an inclusive, market-driven and sustainable coffee sub-sector that generates increased income opportunities and creates decent jobs for many along the value chain. The project also targets to deliver Kenya’s first certified organic coffee to global consumers.
Administrative Partner Solidaridad ECA Key Commercial Partner African Coffee Roasters EPZ Limited Other Partners Stichting Solidaridad Nederland, Twisted Leaf Country Kenya Sector Agriculture & agro-processing Open / Closed Open Duration June 2020 - December 2023 Approval Year 2019