Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy: Africa Great Lakes Region Coffee Support Program
- David L. Ortega
- Dan Clay and Maria Claudia Lopez, Dept of Community Sustainability
- AGLC (Rwanda & Burundi) Project Website
Coffee is the main source of cash income for about one million smallholder farmer households in the Africa Great Lakes region. However coffee plants are threatened by an increasingly prevalent antestia bug infestation that results in potato taste defect (PTD), and the coffee yields are also among the world’s very lowest. The goal of the program is to dramatically reduce the effects of antestia/PTD and raise farm-level productivity. These changes will improve smallholder farmer incomes and help to sustain the Africa Great Lakes region’s reputation for producing among the highest quality coffees in the world.
AGLC addresses these challenges through an integrated program of applied research, farmer capacity building and policy engagement. AGLC works around three axes:
- Applied policy, household, and agronomic (field-level) research
- Capacity building/farmer training & outreach; and
- Policy engagement.
The proposed solution requires a public-private sector coordinated response across the entire value chain, including producers, washing stations, dry mills, exporters and the government agencies that support the sector’s growth.