Smallholder farmers commonly lack security of tenure over their land, which restricts investments in land improvement. They also typically lack access to productivity-enhancing inputs such as improved seed, fertilizers, water and information. As a result, smallholder farmers are unable to deliver the volume and quality of produce that commercial buyers require, which in turn limits the markets for their agricultural produce.
The Mt. Sunzu Coffee Estate functions as a service provider and facilitator for smallholder farmers. By providing productivity-enhancing inputs such as seedlings and fertilizers as well as information and training on good agricultural practices, surrounding farmers are enbled to produce and deliver coffee in reasonable volumes and quality. The Mt. Sunzu Coffee Estate in turn, processes the coffee and links the smallholder farmers to the international coffee market.
The Mt. Sunzu Coffee Estate contributes mainly to the six UN SDG “No Poverty”, “Zero Hunger”, “Decent Work and Economic Growth”, “Reduced Inequalities”, “Responsible Consumption and Production” and “Partnerships for the Goal”. The steady income from sustainable practices will improve over time, and therefore has the potential to bridge gaping inequalities. This provides sustainable livelihoods to small farmers in developing countries, making them key partners in rural development and agricultural modernization.