November 13, 2015
Coffee Traceability System Launched in Ethiopia
AGP-AMDe Smallholder Farmers to Benefit from Increased Exports and Enhanced Market Access
Ethiopian coffee growers will now be able to meet demand for high-quality specialty coffee thanks to a new traceability system launched Monday by the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX). The launch coincides with a source-of-origin tour that the Specialty Coffee Association of America has been on this week in Ethiopia.
The IBM-enabled system, which will be piloted first in the coffee sector, is expected to increase worldwide exports of high-quality Ethiopian coffee and enhance market access for specialty Ethiopian coffee. The system, known as eATTS, gives international buyers and coffee-roaster partners reliable information on the origin and journey of the Ethiopian beans to ensure their quality, consistency, and safety. ECX CEO Ermias Eshetu proudly comments that “everyone in the [coffee] ecosystem sees the value of this work.”
ACDI/VOCA implements the USAID Feed the Future Agricultural Growth Program-Agribusiness and Market Development (AGP-AMDe) activity in Ethiopia, which targets six value chains, one of which is coffee. USAID contributed $1.8 million through AMDe to the ECX initiative, which costs $4.5 million total. ACDI/VOCA and affiliate Agribusiness Systems International (ASI) support a consortium of Sustainable Coffee Program stakeholders. Members include the Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), Nestle, Jacobs Douwe Egberts, Mother Parker’s Coffee & Tea, and roasters themselves who have made market-smart investments to support the technology.
Read more about ECX’s eATTS system on the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture’s website here.
Read more about AGP-AMDe here.
Read more about ACDI/VOCA’s work in Ethiopia here.
Read more about Agribusiness Systems International (ASI) here.
Read more about Feed the Future here.
Read the Press Release here.