MAKING MARKETS WORK FOR THE POOR
Enabling small producers to access markets which offer better prices. Measures included improvement of products quality, facilitate products certifi cation, enable small producers to organize and collaborate among themselves, support small producers to increase production volumes, to provide institutional support and facilitate the creation of basic infrastructures.
SUPPORT OF PRODUCTION / ACCESS TO CAPITAL
KOLCAFE: Is an acronym for Kolping Coffee. It is a programme to enable small coffee farmers to undertake a cooperative venture in value chain development on the coffee crop. The package include:-
Increased production through better agronomical practices:
• Soil enrichment by use of manure based compost.
• Crop husbandry, namely stumping and pruning of coffee bushes.
Improved coffee quality:
• Enhancing on farm post harvest handling.
• Availability of own hulling and grading facility.
Direct Access to better markets starting with Moshi International Coffee Auction:
• Formation and registration of Farmers Marketing Cooperatives.
• Acquiring a license to sell to the Moshi Coffee Auction.
• Organic certifi cation.
• Access to Fair Trade markets
Formation of SACCOS aimed at:
- Building own fi nancial capacity,
- Cushioning the smallholder against payment delays and
- Accessing fi nancial resources.
Nyamuhunga KOLCAFE: The Kolcafe Project was planned to take place in 10 villages. But because of limited funds the activity was started in Bisore Village – Muleba District, Kagera Region. The Nyamuhunga Kolcafe involving 362 small coffee farmers of Bisore Village in Muleba District which started in 2008 has undergone all the basic stages up to accessing the Moshi Auction since 2009. Organic certifi cation and access to Fair Trade continue to be explored.
The project fund fund was available through the efforts of the International Kolping Society and BSI of Austria. The implementation was done in collaboration with Volunteer Services Overseas (VSO) who seconded volunteers as advisors on marketing. These marketing advisors, at different times, Mr. James Kyles and Mr. Zaverio Kirimi, supported innovations in marketing strategies of the project. The project fund was available through the efforts of Kolping International, BSI of Austria and Mr. Jimmy Skyles.