Bean a long time coming: Zim coffee farmers get back on the boil

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Bean a long time coming: Zim coffee farmers get back on the boil

Reviving Origins Programme is putting Zimbabwe coffee farming back on track after years of neglect

Lenin Ndebele

What started with six farmers as an experiment in 2018 to revive the coffee industry — set back by years of land reform, bad politics and a series of droughts — is now paying dividends as one of the few successful agriculture stories in Zimbabwe.

Through Nespresso, a unit of the Nestle Group headquartered in Switzerland, Zimbabwe is back on the map thanks to the Reviving Origins Programme.

“Back in 2018, when the Nespresso Reviving Origins Programme started in Zimbabwe, we partnered with six farmers from the Honde Valley region to help them improve the quality of their coffee and the productivity of their farms. Now, in 2021, we are providing technical assistance and training to 500 smallholding farmers and two coffee estates,” said Yassir Corpataux, Nespresso Middle East and Africa (MEA) coffee ambassador...

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