SNV works with coffee farmers around the world introducing improved and climate adapted techniques and technologies for sustainable yields, and connects farmers to businesses for access to commercial supply chains.

Coffee is one of the world’s most valuable traded agricultural commodities at over $42 billion annually. Demand is growing at 1% annually, or 1 million 60kg bags a year. 85% of the world’s coffee is produced by 25 million smallholder farmers, a majority of whom live in poverty. A large percentage receive low prices due to 2 main factors: damage during post-harvesting, and poor grading and selection that fails to meet market requirements. SNV trains farmers in  introducing improved and climate adapted techniques and technologies for sustainable yields and organic certification, and brokers business relationships for inclusion in commerical supply chains. 

SNV works in 28 coffee-producing countries, running significant programs in Honduras, Indonesia, Kenya, Nicaragua, Uganda, Rwanda, and Vietnam. Business partners include: ECOM, OLAM, VolCafe, and other international and local companies. Non-commercial partners include: UTZ, Rainforest Alliance, IDH, and research institutions. SNV's Donors include Netherlands agencies and embassies, Ford Foundation, IFAD, EU, World Bank.

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“SNV taught us to increase production by applying fertilizer and pesticides and building coffee washing stations to get quality coffee beans“ Ferdinand Ahobamuteze - smallholder coffee grower in Rwanda



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