Photo Preview: GKI Kicks Off the Africa Great Lakes Coffee Support Program
October 15, 2015
The US Agency for International Development (USAID), Michigan State University, the Global Knowledge Initiative, University of Rwanda, and Institute for Policy Analysis and Research kicked off a 3-year partnership on coffee productivity in Kigali on October 13, 2015.
Organized as part of the Feed the Future initiative, the Africa Great Lakes Coffee Support program (AGLC) aims to create opportunities to increase the productivity of farmers in the Great Lakes Region and reduce the impact of the potato taste defect (PTD) – a defect that makes otherwise excellent coffee taste like potato. The acting Head of Mission for USAID Rwanda and CEO of National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) opened the meeting, and GKI facilitated the 50 key stakeholders in attendance as they identified the most important bottlenecks to boosting productivity and reducing PTD.
Through its LINK program, GKI has worked on PTD in Rwandan coffee in partnership with the University of Rwanda and numerous international partners since 2011. In 2014, GKI partnered with the Rwanda Development Board, the Ministry of Agriculture, NAEB, and other partners to host a Coffee Research Symposium and Collaboration Colloquium in Kigali. This event resulted in a Potato Taste Challenge Prize, currently being implemented by the Rwanda Agriculture Board, and helped lay the groundwork for the AGLC program.