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Hivos is an international development organization that seeks new solutions to persistent and emerging global issues. With smart projects in the right places, we oppose discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. Our primary focus is achieving structural change and impacting lives. We do this through cooperating with innovative businesses, citizens, governments, and development organizations across four continents. We share a dream with them of sustainable economies and inclusive societies.

Hivos East Africa, Coffee Programmes:

Coffee remains a relevant but unpredictable source of income for the estimated 2,000,000 smallholder coffee farmers in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. In general, farming systems are marginally or not financially viable. They also lack means and incentives for women and youth to be more productive in the sector. Often, smallholder farmers face periods of food insecurity. The 4S@Scale aims at installing productive, sustainable coffee farming systems, and therefore the project intensifies and expands ongoing farmer training support in agricultural practices and climate adaptation. Moreover, 4S@Scale, working with private sector Ecom Partners in Kenya and Uganda seeks to make the sector attractive again for women and youth to be fully involved in coffee production.

The 4S@Scale project (its name comes from: Sustainable and Secure Smallholder Systems at Scale) works in Kenya, and Uganda. It introduces a full set of Good Agricultural Practices among 80,000 smallholder coffee producers. Moreover, it installs biogas digesters among 3600 households which through the use of Bio Slurry will further enhance the quality of compost and which lays the basis for soil fertility of all cropping activities. Further, the project supports diversification into high-potential alternative income sources besides coffee, including dairy and horticulture

The project, a Public Private Partnership was started in April 2013, and will run until the end of 2019.


Lucas Chacha, Programme Manager,
Tel +254725 451 729