Annual Report 2020
Increased coffee production in Kenya from an average of 2.2 to 3.5 kg of cherry yield per tree in 2019/20 as a result of increased adoption of good practices promoted by the PfC Coffee Resilience program coupled with timely access to inputs, services and knowledge.
Coffee and financial inclusion
Increased access to finance for more than 7,500 coffee farmers as a result of the establishment of 300 village savings and loans associations (VSLA) in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. By the end of the year, the VSLA had mobilized and disbursed upto Euros 225,000 to members.
In Uganda, we supported finalization and dissemination of key national tea documents, particularly the National Tea Policy, National Tea Policy Implementation Plan, and Regulatory Impact Assessment. The National Implementation Plan was agreed and finalized, and is awaiting review by the Cabinet – Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries. We also conducted a feasibility study on low carbon tea which informed investment in global carbon sequestration in Uganda. We hope to be able to link farmers with carbon credit mechanisms for them to enjoy additional benefits.
Livestock and leather
Visited a total of 425 farms in Tanzania and dairy farmers educated on various topics including calf rearing, heat detection, proper feeding of dairy cows, formulation of home-made ration, fodder growing, management and storage, record keeping, animal health and herd projections. In Ethiopia, we achieved a 17 percent reduction in the rejection rates of hides and skins from slaughterhouses. The improvement in quality of hides and skins is attributed to training and routine follow up on reduction of defects, such as deformation, holes, and knife cuts, targeting slaughterhouses.
Fruit & vegetables
Through the nurseries established under the Food for All Project in Kenya provided more than 500 youth and women with employment and livelihood opportunities through production of banana, fruit and vegetable seedlings for sale to other farmers. A total of 405,635 assorted vegetable, fruit, and tree seedlings valued at Euros 5,951 were produced and sold by the nurseries in 2020.
Cotton & textiles
832 small-scale cotton farmers mobilized under Dansha Union in Ethiopia and supported to produce more than 600 tonne seed cotton (400ha of cotton), an increase of 375% compared to the previous season. Overall decrease in work-related injuries among the 20 beneficiary factories reported – 10 factories reported zero injuries, while 10 factories reported 50% decrease in injuries and incidents.
8,914,329 litres of milk aggregated and sold through the five dairy hubs under the Food for All Project in Kenya. The dairy hubs achieved 85% of the targeted milk volumes. By the end of the project in December, the cumulative volume of milk aggregated had reached 33,274,056 litres.
Overall increase in milk production from an average of 2-4 to 6-8 litres (per cow/daily) recorded by farmers as a result of improved access to services, fodder supplies and farm management support provided through the Dairy 2025: Catalyst for business driven and climate smart dairy farming in Tanga project in Tanzania.
15 artisanal gold mines in Tanzania reported improved adoption of procedures in line with the environmental, social, and governance performance criteria, scoring between basic (service entry criteria) and advanced (preliminary certification criteria).
A deep dive
In 2020 we continued and closed a number of major programmes, involving stakeholders across sectors and countries. The fruition of these efforts was a testament to the creativity and commitment of team members and smallholder farmers and miners, and lays the groundwork for even greater impact in the coming years.
Across each innovation area, we engaged experts, and smallholders themselves, to drive real change and deliver programme results. Integrating each of these areas also meant cross pollination of impact, such as integrating a gender lens in impact investing, or bringing digital into new programmes.
Most significant changes
Promoting food security among smallholder farmers in East Africa
The Food Security through Improved resilience of Smallholder Coffee Farmers in Ethiopia and Kenya (FOSEK) project is a public-private partnership food security project, funded by the Dutch Government (FDOV) and implemented by Solidaridad alongside other consortium partners. The project seeks to improve food security in East Africa by increasing local agricultural production as well as enhance economic resilience and livelihood of smallholder coffee farmers in the region through several interrelated approaches.
Organization & governance
Supporting our work
Team members across various supportive departments navigated the challenges posed by Covid-19 with resilience, ingenuity and perseverance. As the pandemic continues, and when eventually it subsides, the results of this work will persist.
Solidaridad East & Central Africa employs a wide range of fundraising and resource mobilization strategies to attract funding for sustainable development initiatives. Our multi-pronged approach encompasses strategies that focus on developing strong reputational capital and other internal capacities to support successful resource mobilization. In 2020, our targeted capacity-building efforts aimed to align the internal competencies with the organization’s regional growth agenda. As a result of our sustained resource mobilization efforts and partner engagement strategy we secured additional funding (approx. Euro 7,991,992) following successful bidding. The projects include European Union-funded LISEC in Ethiopia, Passport to Coffee Export and To certification and beyond in Tanzania and DANIDA funded TRACE project in Kenya among others. This growth in portfolio is attributed to the strategic leadership by management in planning, forecasting and budgeting.
To attract funding for climate and landscapes, our regional team prioritized the development of strategic climate financing propositions targeted at global climate financiers. In Kenya, the country’s designated National Designated Authority to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) granted us a letter of no objection for your sugarcane proposition which will facilitate access to funding and collaboration with accredited climate finance entities, such as UNDP and Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB). To enhance our resource mobilization, we will incorporate key lessons from past experiences, build strategic partnerships, enhance visibility, and align resource mobilization activities to support post COVID-19 recovery efforts among other emerging priorities, including ensuring the financial sustainability and legacy of our regional centre.