Partnering with Governments
Training of Agronomists
Café Africa was founded in 2006 to lift the vision of the leaders of Africa’s coffee sector, to see and then seize the opportunity that coffee presented. It is even more the case today in 2018 that coffee can be an engine of economic growth, rural employment, and improved small-holder livelihoods across the continent. Growing global demand promises a bright future for Africa’s fine quality coffees.
Support to National Platforms
To achieve its potential, a country’s coffee sector needs its own clear vision. To achieve the agreed objectives and build the relationships on which that depends, Café Africa supports national coffee platforms, where all those involved can find their place and play their part. In two countries, Uganda and Tanzania, we are now doing this in collaboration with the Global Coffee Platform
Training of Coffee Agronomists
Based on nationally agreed standardised extension training materials, we initiate and coordinate the training of agronomists. These are from the producing districts, in both public and private sectors, using up-to-date coffee specific knowledge on good agricultural practices, including also environmental, social and climate change issues. Our objective is that through an integrated national coffee extension capacity, farmers will be empowered to improve their yields on an economic basis, and thus their livelihoods.
District Coffee Shows
District Coffee Shows make coffee interesting and relevant to a rural population far from the international markets and consumers. They provide farmers with opportunities to taste coffee, learn about the market, see what is available for farm equipment and tools, fertiliser and inputs supplies and how to cope with a changing climate. It’s a great day out enjoyed by all, and a useful learning experience, as many stories have confirmed.