Launched In 2014, the Better Coffee Project (Cosechamos mas café) is a four-year project in Central America in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and PIMCO Foundation. The project spans two areas that were negatively impacted by coffee leaf rust: Nicaragua and El Salvador. This project aims to reach 6,000 smallholder coffee farmers with the intensive training necessary to increase yields. The goal is to increase coffee productivity and farm revenues by 25 percent. In addition, the project will focus on improved farmer access to appropriate inputs like financing and quality planting materials. The experience of TechnoServe in coffee and in Central America is enabling a faster than normal start-up for the project. In its initial months, nearly 5,000 farmers have registered to participate, and 20 community trainers have been hired and trained. Women are a special focus of the project. About a third of the trainers are women, and the hope is that 25 percent of program participants will be women.
|Location||Latin America and Caribbean, El Salvador, Nicaragua|
|Value||USD 3.9 Million|