Our Seeds program gives financial grants to producers and producer organizations we work with to implement social and environmental sustainability projects they identify as beneficial.
2020 Seeds Projects:
This grant funded an avocado nursery on Kanelite’s farm. Avocado farming is quickly becoming popular in Kenya’s agricultural sector and seedlings and agronomical knowledge are in high demand. The nursery will provide business opportunities to Kanelite’s workers by teaching them to graft and propagate avocado seedlings for sale in the local market.
This grant funded Cenfrocafe’s participation in the Partnership for Gender Equity's Virtual Learning Journey sessions. The program brought together members of coffee and cacao producer organizations throughout Latin America to share experiences and deepen their understanding of how gender equity policies benefit their members and communities.
This grant funded a garden at Bufcoffee’s Umumvumu Kindergarten, which provides education to the children of the Nyarusiza community. The garden will provide food for school meals as well as for distribution to the nearby community. Additionally, garden maintenance and composting training will help families increase the quality and yields of their home gardens–often a major food source for producers in the region.
This grant funded apiaries for 24 of Valle de Incahuasi’s members. Beekeeping brings several benefits, including supplemental income from the sales of honey as well as increased productivity of coffee trees and conservation of other local flora and forest plants.
This grant funded the construction of a "biofabrica" to produce liquid organic fertilizers. These organic inputs benefit the soils and help the farmers in the neighborhood of Guayabal increase their yields while producing high quality coffee.
This grant funded a compost facility serving 40 producers covering roughly 22 hectares of farmland. An agronomist will oversee the process using coffee cherry husks and the water discarded during coffee processing, and will train the coop's members on effective application.
This grant supported improvements to the Idido and Koke cooperatives' waste water treatment systems. The cooperatives will plant vetiver, a deep rooting grass capable of tolerating and absorbing pollutants in wastewater, keeping the coffee processed from over 3,000 smallholder farmers sustainable and free from environmental contamination.
This grant funded a project to distribute grafted fruit trees to roughly a third of the cooperative's members, including many single mothers and heads of the family. The fruit produced will be sold locally and consumed in the home. Additionally, the project will also provide materials and training on worm composting.
This grant helped the 29 members of K'uychi construct water treatment systems on their farms, not only preventing contaminated water from entering water sources downstream, but also allowing the purified water to eventually be reused to nurture crops.
This grant supported drying infrastructure and processing training for 36 farmers in Nakayombo village of Makaali region on Mount Elgon. These farmers work with our partner, Mountain Harvest, to receive more value for their coffee through quality production. Mountain Harvest will use insights learned from this project to develop quality improvement protocols to be shared with similar communities of producers in the region.
This grant funded a plant nursery which will distribute both coffee and shade trees to farmers working with Roots Origin in Karongi. Coffee trees in this region are often older and less productive. Using these seedlings, farmers will be able to renovate their plots and increase both yields and quality.