Livelihoods in Ethiopia: Impact evaluation of linking smallholder coffee producers to sustainable markets
This evaluation is presented as part of the Effectiveness Review Series 2014/15, selected for review under the livelihoods thematic area. This report documents the findings of a quasi-experimental evaluation carried out in December 2014 that sought to assess the impact of the linking smallholder coffee producers to sustainable markets project.
The project's overall objective was to contribute to improved coffee production and sales by linking coffee farmers to primary coffee cooperatives and unions. The project was implemented in three districts in Oromiyaa regional state: Limmu Kossa, Limmu Seka and Chora Botter. Oxfam implemented the project in conjunction with Limmu Inara Multipurpose Cooperative Farmers Union. The Union purchased coffee from the farmers via primary coffee cooperatives, supplied coffee seeds, slashers and wire mesh to the farmers, and supported them in coffee seedling production. They also spearheaded the Functional Adult Literacy scheme, providing capacity building particularly in the use of modern agricultural practices, with a view to improving the quantity and quality of coffee produced. Farm Organic International promoted marketing of the coffee internationally on behalf of the union, and Oromiyaa cooperative bank provided credit facilities through the cooperative societies.