• Tansania: Nachwuchs fördern

  • Tansania: Umwelt schützen

‘The young people are incredibly proud to be part of the project. They are really keen to get started right away and plant as many trees as possible, because now they see the income they can make from harvesting their own coffee.’

Martha Kimboi, Project Manager at Coffee Clubs Tanzania

Our project aims and activities

Training young farmers

In Tanzania, it is common for children to take over their parents’ coffee farms – often simply due to a lack of alternative options.

We support the next generation, helping them to develop the skills needed to grow coffee in the future, through our ‘Coffee Clubs’ in the Mbeya and Mbozi regions. Here, the future generation of farmers learn the tricks and techniques of greener coffee farming. Students can put their knowledge to the test right away in the coffee fields run by the school. And selling the coffee also provides the schools with an additional source of income, for example for new school books.

Working together for better prices

Coffee clubs are just one of our initiatives in the region. We also work with local partners to help coffee farmers set up farmer groups, which produce coffee following the latest sustainability standards, such as those required for Rainforest Alliance certification. Since 2017, more than 2,500 small-scale farmers have already come together to form 22 groups.
 
By forming these groups, farmers are then able to sort their harvested coffee based on quality and fetch better prices as a result. The members of the group also provide each other with support, such as when someone needs a helping hand or a piece of agricultural equipment. Many groups have also engaged agricultural experts to provide farmers with advice on their own land and to teach them more environmentally friendly farming methods.

Project milestones

2017

Project launch

Our project is launched in partnership with City Coffee in Tanzania.

2018

Coffee Clubs begin

The first Coffee Clubs are opened, with three schools and 50 young people.

2019

Rainforest Alliance certification

The first groups of farmers are awarded certified status by the Rainforest Alliance.

2020

Expansion of activities

The coffee clubs are extremely popular, with almost 400 young people now taking part. We have also been able to certify over 1,500 farmers under the Rainforest Alliance.

2020

Expansion of the coffee clubs

The coffee clubs are expanded and additional fruit trees are planted to enable young people to eat a healthier diet both at school and at home.

‘I’m incredibly proud!’

Martha Kimboi doesn't need long to explain what it is about her work that makes her so happy:
‘We expected to have around 50 young people joining the Coffee Clubs – now there are nearly 400. I’m incredibly proud to be able to train and nurture the next generation of coffee farmers!’
 
Martha is a qualified teacher and is responsible for coordinating the coffee clubs in southern Tanzania, of which
there are now seven.

As part of this project, young people are given a part of the farm by their parents. After school, they learn the skills they need to grow coffee in an environmentally friendly and efficient way in the Coffee Clubs – from using natural fertilisers to ensuring that water and soil are properly protected.