Filled with diverse cultures, dozens of languages and different historical backgrounds, East Africa is brought together by the world’s second most valuable trading commodity – coffee.


Accounting for a large part of East Africa’s agricultural sector, coffee plays a crucial role in the livelihoods of many smallholder farmers as their main source of income. In Burundi for example, about half of the population depend directly on coffee.


This being indicative of the importance and power of coffee as a cash crop, the Kahawatu Foundation has been created to place farmers and their households at the centre of efforts, targeting coffee to contribute to poverty reduction and enhanced economic development.