COFFEE AGAINST POVERTY
COFFEE PRODUCTION IS A VITAL ECONOMIC ACTOR FOR SOME OF THE POOREST AFRICAN COUNTRIES. THE COMMODITY GENERATES SIGNIFICANT EXPORT EARNINGS AND PROVIDES ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR MILLIONS LIVING IN RURAL COMMUNITIES. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT COFFEE PRODUCTION AND PROCESSING TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL NEEDS OF THE POPULATIONS INVOLVED WITH COFFEE. TO ENSURE RESILIENCE OF COFFEE PRODUCTION AND QUALITY, BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE ACTORS MUST JOIN EFFORTS TO ADRESS THOSE NEEDS;
THIS IS WHERE WE COME INTO PLAY.
Kahawatu is a private Foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland. The Foundation was established in 2012 to respond to the decreasing productivity and quality of coffee in East Africa and to address subsequent socio economic consequences.
In mid-2013, Burundi became the first country in which the Foundation deployed its program. Since then, Kahawatu has helped more than 14,000 Burundian smallholder coffee growers to develop the essential skills and access the necessary resources to reach economic, social, and environmental sustainability.
As of mid-2016, the Foundation will be expanding the model implemented in Burundi to other East African Nations, namely Uganda and Rwanda.
The Foundation concentrates on 3 areas of intervention