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GIZ announces a €400,000 grant for the newly formed National Coffee Platform in Kenya

The Global Coffee Platform and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (giz) signed an agreement to implement a project to support the developing Kenya coffee platform at the Global Coffee Sustainability Conference 2017. 

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Annette Pensel, Katrin Resak and Karugu Macharia at the Global Coffee Sustainability Conference 2017.

BMZ through giz has provided a €400,000 grant to support the emerging Kenyan coffee platform as a public-private vehicle to address the priority needs of the Kenyan coffee sector, complementary to other actors and in an aligned way. 

Key activities supported by the grant include:

  • Capacity development of public and private extension services for coffee growers, on the basis of best practices, improved extension service delivery models and with harmonized extension messages and materials to roll out the National Sustainability Curriculum (NSC) in key coffee production regions.
  • Setting up a continuous monitoring system to track and monitor the adoption of NSC practices, farm income and sustainability performance at farmer level in key coffee producing regions and provide a basis for improved access to finance for farmers through the creation of a financial profile.
  • Strengthening of institutional capacity supporting the National Coffee Platform in the lobby for and development of improved legislation and policies, in line with recommendations and findings of the National Task Force on Coffee Sub-Sector Reforms (see above).

Annette Pensel, the Executive Director of the Global Coffee Platform, says:

“This incipient platform is a hugely positive development for the Kenyan coffee sector to move forward in an inclusive collaboration and alignment. By supporting Sauti ya Kahawa we aim to mobilize the wide spectrum of Kenyan coffee actors to work collectively towards the common goal of a prosperous and sustainable sector, facilitated by robust public-private dialogue.”

Background:

This summer the Kenyan coffee industry endorsed the formation of the Kenya Coffee Platform. The platform, called "Sauti ya Kahawa" in Swahili, aims to increased sustainable productivity by bringing together all the major links of the coffee supply chain to discuss and implement initiatives. 
Coffee production in Kenya has declined in recent years, due to a multitude of complex factors. To address these issues, the Africa Fine Coffee Association (AFCA), UTZ and Solidaridad East and Central Africa held consultations and support the forming  of the collaborative platform. 

The Global Coffee Platform, AFA Coffee Directorate and Commodities Fund are also incorporated into the technical committee and have proposed the composition of an all-inclusive steering committee with the mandate of overseeing the implementation of the platform work plan.

The Kenyan coffee sector:

  • Receiving more than 20% of Kenyan coffee exports, Germany is the largest export destination for Kenyan coffee, followed by the United States (17%), Belgium (10%) and Sweden (8%)
  • The potential effect on poverty reduction is particularly high given the predominance of smallholder farmers in coffee production and a high potential for on-farm yield and income increases.
  • Coffee production has drastically reduced by more than 50% in the last two decades. Kenyan export earnings from coffee have declined from US$500 million in the 1990s to less than US$ 150 million in 2015.