Coffee Project


Projects submitted by the International Coffee Organisation (ICO) with CFC funding

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Enhancement of coffee quality through prevention of mould formation



Brazil, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Uganda, CIRAD (France) and University of Surrey

From 13th September 2000 to October 31st 2005


The project aims to prevent and reduce the occurrence of Ochratoxin A (OTA) in coffee by building producing countries’ capacity in all aspects of production and handling. It also aims to enable them to establish national programs to prevent the formation of mould.


Robusta quality and marketing improvement by optimal use of coffee terroirs



Côte d’Ivoire only

June 2005 to March 2008

The project aims to increase the income of Robusta coffee growers by improving their knowledge of the characteristics and quality types of coffees they produce, for a more efficient marketing approach.


Enhancing competitiveness of  African coffee through a value chain analysis





Angola, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe (member countries of the Inter-African Coffee Organisation)

April 2009 to September 2010 (concluded in 2011)

This project was adopted as a fast-track project to alleviate poverty in coffee producing zones by improving productivity, quality and trade. Moreover, a revitalization plan was developed and implemented with the collaboration of relevant stakeholders.

Access to finance for the development of diversification crops in coffee producing areas



Burundi and Côte d’Ivoire

January 2008 to May 2012

The project was designed to counter the negative impact of the world coffee crisis which began in 2000, by encouraging vertical diversification into higher value products as well as the cultivation of alternative crops. It also aimed to provide sustainable credit facilities to smallholder farmers to keep them in the coffee farming profession.