A large percentage of the Ecuadoran rural population lives in poverty and comprises mostly smallholder farmers. Their coffee and cocoa harvests are often very low. Soil fertility is decreasing and there are no opportunities for irrigation. Therefore, their products are often not competitive on global markets. However, Ecuador is a highly regarded country of origin for cocoa and coffee with enormous potential for growth in high-value agricultural products.
EMPRENDE is a project working to promote inclusive value chains and support smallholder farmer families. The project focuses on issues of productivity in cocoa and coffee planting. In addition, the project links smallholder farmers and their cooperatives with suppliers of vital inputs (e.g. fertilizers) and buyers. The project provides advisory services to help farmers with business management and access to finance.
- 2,100 coffee farmers and 3,150 cocoa farmers will have completed technical training.
- 18 farmer cooperatives trained in business management.
- 60% of trained farmers will have increased their incomes significantly, thereby improving quality of life for their families.
- Productivity will have improved tangibly.
- Beneficiary farmer cooperatives will enjoy long-term and lucrative sales contracts.
- Availability of and access to specialised financial services will have improved.
- Training in planting methods, improved irrigation, application of crop protection, fertilizers, seed, and environmentally-friendly production methods
- Trainings in cocoa and coffee processing as well as in marketing and customer relations
- Training farmer collectives in marketing and building business relations. Simultaneously, these groups will be strengthened in their management capacities including bookkeeping, administration, and controlling.
- Collaboration with credit cooperatives so that they provide financial services that respond to the needs of smallholder farmers
Coffee and cocoa
- 2 009 producers (coffee and cocoa) benefited from productivity-related activities.
- 52% increase in coffee production productivity.
- 671 producers (coffee and cocoa) had access to post-harvest activities.
- 10 associations with 648 producers have renewed their contracts with clients.
- 142 leaders have been trained in organizational management, considering the rules and conditions given by the Superintendencia de Economía Popular y Solidaria (SEPS). This directly benefited 1,836 members of their organizations.
- 705 producers had access to credit for coffee maintenance.