International Development Enterprises (IDE) will employ a multifaceted implementation strategy over multiple new countries. Year one will be spent introducing, monitoring, and adapting IDE's affordable irrigation technologies for coffee production. Research and development will take place on actual farms in the region and will rely on input from local farmers who will eventually benefit from this technology. Simultaneously, IDE will increase its staff capacity in each region to establish partnerships with potential buyers, individual producers and co-operatives. The value-chain for coffee is highly sophisticated and it will be imperative for IDE to gain a comprehensive understanding of all the players involved in a particular region. In years one and two, relationships with these various actors will be established. These relationships range from other NGOs, producer groups, credit suppliers, buyers, traders, agronomic experts and input suppliers. A crucial part of IDEs work is identifying and enhancing the capacity of existing supply chain partners to provide quality inputs to farmers. These partners will be identified by year two.
By year two IDE will set up a self sustaining distribution operation for low-cost micro irrigation technologies in some areas. This will be a for-profit venture which will require detailed business planning and partnership building. Throughout this project IDE will seek out new market opportunities for farmers by forging relationships with new buyers. From the start of this project, IDE will apply our monitoring and evaluation framework to establish baseline income and monitor income increases for participating farmers. IDE also monitors the basic social and environmental impact of our interventions. This project is financially front-loaded due to the focus on intensive partnership building, research and development and enterprise establishment. Years three and four will be spent expanding the basic model to other regions within each country.
Anticipated Performance Metrics include:
- 20,000 farmers or small-scale producers expected to gain access to inputs, support, and markets to improve agricultural productivity and farm incomes.
- Average annual income increase from $200-$500 per hectare to $1200-$2000 per hectare.
International Development Enterprises (IDE) commits to mobilizing investments of $5,000,000 to enable prosperity for 20,000 poor rural households in Africa and Central America. IDE creates income opportunities by transforming farmers to growers of high-demand commodities such as specialty coffee and connecting them to the global marketplace.
In a pilot project in Nicaragua, with the simple addition of low-cost micro-irrigation, combined with hybrid plants, IDE was able to increase yields of high-value coffee by 65%, giving farmers immediate income increases of $1,200 per year. Partners, Nestle and ECOM, guaranteed a market outlet and fair price for the farmers and allowed them access to existing infrastructure such as agricultural extension services, regional buying centers and coffee drying facilities. In addition, Nestle made an initial commitment of $400,000 and ECOM is providing $400,000 of in-kind services and infrastructure access in Nicaragua alone.
IDE has researched similar possibilities in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda, Honduras and El Salvador. With the addition of new partners IDE intends to create new income of collectively $24,000,000 for 20,000 households in these areas. To reduce reliance on grant funds, IDE will set up social businesses for affordable micro irrigation to ensure the lowest price for farmers and to offset a portion of future program funds with profits realized through this business.
SEEKING: Seeking partners/resources
iDE is seeking financial resources for its Jimma Coffee and Vegetable Development project which aims to increase the incomes of poor coffee farmers in the Jimma area of Ethiopia by improving coffee quality and productivity, creating alternative sources of income outside of coffee in high-value vegetable crops and honey production, and increasing access to profitable markets for coffee, vegetables, and honey. Each measure will increase the incomes of the poor coffee farmers and diversify their income streams to reduce household vulnerability that stems from relying almost exclusively on coffee as a source of income. iDE expects this project to enable 18,000 small-scale farmers in Jimma to increase their income by an average of $300 per year, for a total project impact of $5.4 million. iDE plans to begin this project with a pilot project that will introduce a select group to the new practices of coffee irrigation and vegetable production.