Heifer’s coffee strategy was designed to enhance the livelihood of small-scale coffee farmers through increased coffee productivity and food security, especially during the “lean months”. Our strategy improved the quality of the final product and enhanced the skills and expertise of technical and management teams so that cooperatives and farmer associations successfully reached markets. We accomplished these outcomes through climate-smart agirculture that minimizes disease and soil erosion while boosting yields, soil fertility and water management. We improved how coffee is processed—such as better mechanisms for washing and drying coffee beans—helping farmers add value to their product and enhancing marketing, financial and entrepreneurship development.
- Methodology: The Key Evaluation Checklist, Heifer Hoofprint Model, Heifer Six Value Groups, analysis of impacts in income, assets, and nutrition, and of cost effectiveness.
- Research: International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), University of Vermont