Kivu Specialty Coffee Project in the DRC

The Kahawa Bora Ya Kivu (KBYK) or Kivu Specialty Coffee Project is based in South Kivu, DRC, and seeks to assist smallholder coffee farmers in conflict-affected communities to expand high-value market opportunities and reduce their vulnerability to hunger and environmental degradation.

Kivu Specialty Coffee in East Congo

The aim of this public private partnership is to develop sustainable and eco-friendly coffee value chains, improved livelihoods for small and rural coffee farmers and associations/cooperatives in Eastern Congo. Through the Kivu Specialty Coffee Project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development and the Howard Buffet Foundation, and led by Catholic Relief Services and East Congo Initiative, World Coffee Research is helping to revitalize the coffee sector in East Congo.

With an emphasis on restoring quality and increasing productivity, World Coffee Research is currently assessing varieties, developing production systems, and establishing protocols for wet processing. World Coffee Research will ultimately deliver to farmers, and the sector, the tools to build supplies of quality coffee and establish itself as a viable producing partner for the coffee industry. The first containers of Kivu Specialty are expected to be ready for sale in 2015.


  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 5001-10,000

    Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Since then, they have expanded in size to reach more than 100...

  • Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI)

    Development Consulting, Advocacy NGO
    United States | Staff size: 6-25

    Founded by Ben Affleck, the Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI) is the first U.S. based advocacy and grant-making initiative wholly focused on working with and for the people of eastern Congo....

  • The Howard G. Buffett Foundation (HGBF)

    United States | Staff size: 6-25

    Established in 1999, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation (HGBF) is a private family foundation working to catalyze transformational change to improve the world and the lives of the most...

  • World Coffee Research (WCR)

    Advocacy NGO
    Staff size: 6-25


    Grow, protect, and enhance supplies of quality coffee while improving the livelihoods of the families who produce it.


    All of their projects are...

Key Information

LocationCentral Africa, Congo, The Republic of
  • Start Date 2012
  • End Date 2016
  • ValueUSD 6.25 Million