To Certification and Beyond: Market Access for Sustainable Coffee, Horticulture and Tea from Tanzania


The overall objective of the project is to address the effective use of certification schemes and voluntary sustainability standards (VSS) to improve and drive market opportunities for Tanzanian branded sustainable tea, coffee and horticulture products.


Key Information

Sector: Agriculture (Coffee, Horticulture and Tea)

Lead Partner: Solidaridad East and Central Africa

Other Partners: Tanzania Coffee Research Institute (TaCRI); Tea Research Institute of Tanzania (TRIT); Horticultural Research & Training Institute (HORTI-TENGERU)

Budget: EUR 3 026 455

EU Contribution: EUR 2 680 000

Duration: 2020 - 2024


Key activities:

  • Train smallholder farmers and producers on agronomy and primary processing, gender inclusivity, and on digital solutions.
  • Promote institutional strengthening of farmer associations, cooperatives and tea factories.
  • Train extension workers (relevant Ministry, local government authorities, and consortium partners TaCRI, TRIT, HORT-TENGERU) on VSS principles.
  • Provide local independent auditors with training to facilitate VSS certification audits and support the accreditation process. 
  • Establish environmental and social governance (ESG) criteria for farmers producing sustainably, with the support of Solidaridad digital solutions (Farming Solutions).
  • Sensitise value chain actors on VSS compliance and adoption of baseline environmental, social and governance frameworks.
  • Initiate match making sessions (meetings, auctions, field visits, publicity) between buyers/traders and producers in Tanzania.
  • Develop guidelines for VSS for tea, coffee and horticulture.
  • Lobbying key sector players to establish incentives (through premiums, better prices, good governance, improved productivity and product quality).
  • Provide training for farmers, cooperatives and tea factories on the implementation of labour standards as part of VSS.



Agriculture et sécurité alimentaire