TechnoServe is an international nonprofit organization that promotes business solutions to poverty in the developing world by linking people to information, capital and markets. Operating in 30 countries worldwide, TechnoServe's mission is to work with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. With the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the “Coffee Initiative” will empower 180,000 East African farmers over four years to improve the quality of their coffee and bring prosperity to their communities. As part of the Coffee Initiative, TechnoServe has helped establish 123 cooperative-owned wet mills, creating opportunities for 95,483 smallholder farmers to boost their incomes by improving quality, productivity and business practices.
- Around 90,000 farmers across Ethiopia have registered in the system
- Capacity utilization (volume) is monitored for the sustainability of wet mills and to check whether they are operating at peak capacity, i.e., maximum volumes
- Quality (export price) is monitored to find whether wet mills are producing the best quality coffee and are receiving the highest FOB prices
- Cherry volumes, working capital from cooperatives and operating expenses available in the system are used to generate various reports on wet mill performance, cherry collection trends and a variety of M&E indicators.
- The outcome of the pilot was that transparency was increased in the business thus increasing the confidence of farmers and wet mills in receiving a fair price for cherry.