The CODE-P project contributes to an inclusive and sustainable development of the coffee value chain for better incomes and improved nutrition of 24,000 smallholder farmers in Southern Tanzania.
The Southern Highlands of Tanzania have a favourable climate and ideal conditions for coffee growing however the productivity of current coffee trees in the area is very low. In comparison to Western Tanzania the Southern Highlands are producing only a quarter as much coffee per tree. Coffee farmers are struggling to produce quality coffee from old trees that were planted over 25 years ago. Lack of financial services and access to agro-inputs has meant farmers cannot afford to replace their trees. Youth are disengaging from the production of coffee in the area due to slow returns and poor access to market, further threatening the future of the Southern Highlands coffee production.
Vi Agroforestry sees the potential for the Southern Highlands to become a competitive coffee producer in the global trade of coffee. Our team in Tanzania will be working with local partners to empower coffee farmers to produce better quality and quantity of coffee that will be more competitive in the market and return higher incomes, boosting the local economy. We are encouraging women and youth empowerment in this sector, to educate a new generation of coffee growers that will be trained in sustainable and climate-resilient production of this very in-demand bean.
The CODE-P project is funded by the European Union and will be implemented together with our partners BRAC International, ANSAF, Tanzania Coffee Research Institute (TaCRI), and Café Africa Tanzania. The project will run from 2020 to 2024.