The Joint Learning Platform (JLP) is an annual cross-learning platform whose partners are the Food Security Programme for Ethiopia and Kenya (FOSEK) and the Sustainable and Secure Smallholder Systems Programme (4S@Scale). The two programmes are co-funded through the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and private sector partners. They have a common objective of increasing farmers’ income through sustainable coffee productions systems and diversification.
Two JLP meetings have been organized since 2014. The structure of the JLP includes project site visits to cooperatives and individual farmers and experience sharing workshop that brings together, farmers and farmer organizations, development partners, government partners, private sector and financial institutions.
This page aims at enabling discussions between the JLP partners and beyond on issues relating to the coffee sector in East Africa. The partners include: Solidaridad, HIVOS Foundation, AgriProFocus Kenya, Sustainable Management Services (SMS), Coffee Management Services (CMS) and Kenya National Farmers Federation (KENAFF).
Kenya plans to double its coffee exports to the United States in order to tap into the lucrative North American market, officials said on Wednesday.
Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) Kenya Interim Head of Coffee Directorate Grenville Melli told a coffee forum in Nairobi that Kenya currently exports 4000 metric tons of coffee annually the US.
“Our target is to double exports to reach 8000 metric tonnes in the next three years,” Melli said during a meeting on Kenya’s preparations to participate in the Global Specialty Coffee Expo that will take place in the United States next month.
Kenya plans to leverage on the Expo in order to intensify its marketing efforts so as expand coffee exports. Melli said that the United States is an ideal market for Kenya’s coffee because it attracts premium prices.
“We therefore want to concentrate on selling specialty coffee to U.S. consumers,” he added. In 2016, Kenya pro... Read more
"To access the cover, farmers will be required to pay annual premiums of 5% of the value of the crop being insured. "
Coffee farmers will soon have their incomes guaranteed irrespective of the weather conditions if the planned coffee drought insurance that seeks to mitigate losses is launched next month.
The Agriculture Reinsurance Consultants will in partnership with the National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises (Nucafe) launch the insurance cover at the second Uganda National Coffee festival slated for November 4, at Namboole Stadium to help coffee farmers mitigate risks of drought.
Speaking at a pre-second National Coffee Festival meeting last week, Robert Serwanga, the Agriculture Reinsurance Consultants, country manager, said coffee production in Uganda has declined from 7kg per tree to 1.5kg due to severe drought brought about by climate change.
“People are abandoning gardens because of declining yields which are impac... Read more
The third East Africa Joint Learning Platform (JLP) was held from 8th to 11th November 2016 in Meru and Tharaka Nithi Counties, Kenya. The learning activity involved two days of field learning’s culminating in a conference on the third day. 59 participants were in attendance, drawn from farmer co-operatives, implementing partners from Uganda and Kenya, financial sector (banks and insurance companies) and County government who provided policy perspectives for coffee, dairy and related sectors.
1. Some farmers have installed bio digesters and they testified to have accrued many benefits such as saving on cost of purchasing cooking fuels, no need to plant shade trees, the use of bio slurry has resulted in reduce usage fertilizer and better health (no smoke, no bending).
2. Women are accessing and controlling the benefits of coffee and dairy farming at household level. Some women in... Read more
AgriProFocus Kenya is organizing the third E. A. Coffee Joint Learning Platform (JLP) that will bring together our project partners working in coffee, dairy and biogas sectors for local economic development. The JLP has been designed in close consultation with partners in two public private partnership programs namely: “Food Security through Improved Resilience of Small Scale Farmers in Ethiopia and Kenya (FOSEK)” and “Sustainable Smallholder Systems at Scale” (4S@Scale) being implemented in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
The JLP shares a common learning cycle and approach, to compare the impact of the two programmes in the coffee sector. The platform is designed with the key objective of bringing FOSEK and 4S@Scale Partner organizations in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia together to review and reflect on: Good farming practices, challenges, and interactively finds solutions for the two programs; integrate lessons, while documenting and supporting the key learning.
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I have the pleasure to share with you the Joint learning Platform newsletter.
The Joint Learning Platform (JLP) is an annual cross-learning platform whose partners are the Food Security Programme for Ethiopia and Kenya (FOSEK) and
the Sustainable and
Secure Smallholder Systems
program (4S@Scale). The two programs are co-funded through the Netherlands ministry of
foreign affairs (MoFA) and Private sector partners. They have a common objective of increasing farmers’ income through sustainable coffee productions systems and diversification. Read More about the JLP
The Joint Learning Platform, organized by AgriproFocus Kenya was held on 27th October through to the 30th October in Muranga County. The participants of the platform were drawn from a number of organizations that included financial institutions, farmer cooperatives, government, development partners and private sector players. The team visited Coffee Farmer co-operatives, small holder farmers and a large coffee estate. The visits helped the team to learn the achievements and lessons, challenges & opportunities in the coffee sector.
The objective of the platform was to share experiences and learn from the 4s@scale and FOSEK programs being implemented in Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia.
The key learning areas from the JLP were for increased resilience among coffee farmers, small holder farmers need to increase production. Gender empowerment was also highlighted as a trigger for resilience. The team establis... Read more