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Trade and Markets East Africa (TMEA) works on supporting the growth of trade in the region, focusing on ensuring trade results in tangible gains for east Africans. TMEA has chosen coffee as a focus for their export capability programme as a high contributor to GDP and forex for the EAC countries, its high potential for poverty reduction and ability to impact large number of women.

This collaboration with Twin focuses on landlocked countries such as Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda with learning from other East Africa countries. Rwanda and Burundi have the highest potential for speciality coffee markets and its high prices are mainly due to having the right certification demanded by the market, the project will focus on marketing these two origins.

designed by market analysis:

The intervention has been designed in market analysis, the map illustrates key constraints and market chain actors, the critical inputs/services that market actors need and the key 'influencers' at play in the business environment. The mapping process provides clarity regarding how market chain linkages and functions can be improved so as to facilitate the flow of income to target producers and is a basis of intervention design.  

create demonstration effects from processing coffee to certification, export process and market access:

The specific interventions of this two years project are:

  • Developing and harmonising good coffee washing practices in Rwanda and Burundi and providing training for technical staff to meet these practices will increase the amount of quality coffee available for sale on speciality markets. 
  • Improving buyer linkages will provide access to speciality markets and higher prices.
  • Streamlining and harmonising export processes for coffee will reduce the barriers to trade in these countries, decreasing delays and facilitating export. 
  • Increasing the number of auditors certified in these countries will improve services needed to facilitate trade in certified coffee, thus increasing its value on the international coffee market.

Reach: 10 Producers organisations in Rwanda and 10 in Burundi, cupping lab in 10 of them.

Possible partnerships with stake holders in the region: LEAP process, Rwacof, IWCEA, MAERKS.