Tanzania - PB Gombe

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Tanzania - PB Gombe

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Farms: Kanyovu Coop 

Varietal(s): Bourbon & Kent

Processing: Fully Washed

Altitude: 1450 - 1680 metres above sea level

The Gombe Reserve Project is a Sustainable Harvest initiative started in 2007 focussed on capacity building programs for coffee farmers in Tanzania’s Kigoma region. They have trained over 8,000 farmers in coffee quality improvement and market access. Specifically, they worked with co-op leaders to establish channels for direct coffee trade and adopt new technologies that reduce water usage and help the cooperative succeed in the specialty market.

Kigoma is an impoverished area near the Gombe Stream National Park. The park, where Jane Goodall pioneered her research, is currently home to critically endangered wild chimpanzees. With the degradation of the chimpanzee habitat due to population growth and deforestation, coffee farming is seen as a way to support both human and chimpanzee populations. In particular, development agencies have been working with coffee farmers in the region to restore soil fertility and intercrop coffee with shade trees, which are good for both the coffee and for the chimpanzees. Working with farmers to increase productivity and quality is critical to proving the viability of coffee as a cash crop that can sustainably support livelihoods of the farmers, their families and the entire community.

Kanyovu farmers have benefitted significantly from the intensive training, improved exporting procedures and more fine-tuned quality control systems. In 2009 Kanyovu coffee was internationally recognized as the highest scoring coffee in East Africa at the Taste of the Harvest competition. Most importantly, Kanyovu farmers have seen a 300% increase in their coffee. Additionally, the promise of environmental sustainability continues to improve as a result of the planting of more than 235,000 nitrogen-fixing indigenous trees and trainings on the production and use of organic inputs.