This program has ended

The 4S@Scale program has reached the end of its funding period and is now finalized. Watch how we walked the journey with coffee farmers from Kenya and Uganda for five years.


To create viable coffee-based farming systems for 80,000 farmers in the region, with a particular focus on women and youth.


Uganda and Kenya


The coffee sector in Kenya and Uganda is dominated by a patriarchal culture. The women and youth who do most of the actual work benefit very little from the proceeds to sustain their livelihoods.


Hivos and ECOM Agroindustrial Corporation in East Africa have teamed up in a public‑private partnership. ECOM is one of the world’s largest commodity trading and processing companies in coffee and provides technical support to smallholder coffee farmers. Together we will create viable coffee-based farming systems by intensifying and expanding ongoing support to women and youth coffee farmers using Good Agricultural Practices and climate adaptation methods. Farming households will also be helped to diversify their income through commercial dairy and biogas activities.

Period and budget

2013-2018, € 16 million


ECOM. Supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs