Nespresso East African Coffee Project (IFC-36083)

  • Ethiopia
  • Kenya
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Financial Institutions
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
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Project Status
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Voting Date
Jul 22, 2016
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  • Industry and Trade
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 3.00 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 6.00 million
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Bank Documents
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Jun 28, 2018

Disclosed by Bank May 11, 2016

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Project Description
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The project consists of a US$3 million loan to Nespresso (guaranteed by Nestlé S.A.) and US$3 million grant from the World Bank’s BioCarbon Fund (to be disbursed through the Nespresso Sustainability Innovation Fund) to support smallholder coffee farmers and producer wet mill businesses in Ethiopia and Kenya involved in Nespresso’s AAA Sustainable Quality Program (AAA Program). The project will be implemented on the ground by TechnoServe, and will entail agronomy and sustainability training to farmers and wet mill businesses and planting of shade trees. The scope of this project targets farmers and wet mill businesses in the regions of Sidamo B (in Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region, SNNPR) and Sidama A (in Oromia Region) in Ethiopia, as well as in central and western Kenya. The agronomy and sustainability training will target 33,000 AAA farmers and 125 wet mill businesses in Ethiopia, and 10,000 AAA farmers and 60 wet mill businesses in Kenya. In addition, shade tree planting activities will also target farmers and wet mills in the same AAA areas who previously participated in TechnoServe’s training (as part of Gates or Nestlé-funded programs, totaling around 25,000 farmers and 20 wet mills). In Ethiopia, seedlings will be grown in government-owned nurseries, from where they will be transported to farmers and wet mill businesses for planting. In Kenya, seedlings will be grown in cooperative-owned nurseries.

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Mr. Paul Stewart
Regional Director Coffee Initiative
PO Box 100598
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel: +251 16 63 00 17

Mr. Alexandre Couesnon
Coffee Sustainability Project Manager
Nestlé Nespresso S.A.
Avenue de Rhodanie 40
1007 Lausanne, Switzerland
Tel: +41 21 796 94 11


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