This program aims to promote the inclusion of women and youth in coffee production to increase productivity, quality and farmer incomes.
Why women and youth are good for Tanzania’s coffee sector
Tanzania produces about 800,000 bags of coffee a year. And some 955 come from smallholder farmers mainly in the Arusha and Kilimanjaro regions. However, the region faces several challenges in providing a secure livelihood for smallholder coffee farmers: low productivity, deterioration of coffee quality due to lack of facilities, and a volatile market dominated by brokerage.Women and youth with potential to influence the sector have often been left out of the value chain and therefore miss business opportunities and the ability to bring change.
How the program uses a special learning system
The program uses gender action learning systems (GALS) tools that promote gender and generational equality and women’s empowerment through training aimed at improving agricultural and coffee processing practices.