Improving smallholder coffee farming systems in Southeast Asia (Coffee+ Project)


  • to improve the economic viability of 10,500 Small holder coffee farmers in the three countries: Indonesia (7,000), Philippines (1,500) and Thailand (2,000)


Although demand for coffee is constantly increasing, there has been a dramatic decline in coffee production in producing countries in the region over the past years. The reasons behind low productivity include declining coffee plantation areas, which is contrary to growing demand and consumption for it, degraded soil, aging coffee tree, inefficient land-use, lack of business attitude, knowledge and skills among coffee farmers and little adoption of best farming practices and management. In order to address these challenges, Nestlé and GIZ have joined forces in a development partnership by bringing in their expertise and networks in the agricultural sector.


Key approaches:

  • Training of Smallholder Farmers
  • Strengthening Smallholder farmer group and organization,
  • Policy and Stakeholders Dialogue

Key interventions:

  • Farmer Business School (FBS)
  • Intercropping System,
  • Multifunctional Farmer Group
  • Policy Dialogue Platform

Key activities:

  • Enabling smallholder coffee farmers to be agriprenuer through “Farmer Business School (FBS)” curriculum
  • Providing recommendations on suitable Intercropping model
  • Strengthening existing structure of farmer group/organization, supports creations of local ownership, and learning alliance and secure the long-term sustainability of the measure
  • Sharing lesson learned through dialogues and cooperation with local and national government and civil society
  • Supporting Implementation of national coffee policy and strategies
  • Proactively extending relevant knowledge and resources to target groups in remote areas by creating digital media and disseminating it through digital platforms and learning networks.


Robusta coffee farmers

Lead mandated governmental agencies and private sectors work on providing support to farmer on agriculture and agricultural extension (i.e. Department of Agricultural Extension (DOAE), Department of Agriculture (DOA), Prince of Songkhla University, Chumphon College of Agriculture and Technology, Thai Coffee Association)


  • Training of 60 trainers (project staffs, lead farmers, government officers) on Farmer Business School (FBS)
  • Training of 2,020 coffee farmers on Farmer Business School (FBS)
  • 17 Demoplots on coffee intercropping model established
  • 60% of trained farmers adopted key agronomic practices and FBS practices
  • Knowledge products including 1) Trainers’ Guidebook on FBS; 2) Training Workbook for Farmers on FBS; 3) Best farming practices/ techniques to improve coffee productivity and cost reduction; 4) Intercropping Booklet in English and Thai language; 5) 2D infographic animation on FBS; 6) Cartoon Handbook Guide to FBS in English and Thai languages; 7) E-learning tools via “Smart Box” database, “DOA Plant For U” application for android mobile and tablet are available
  • Capacity building of farmer groups on specific topics, experience sharing between successful farmer groups and newbies in coffee farming, and study visits
  • Collaboration with national and local (provincial) government agencies as well as academic institutions
  • Create acceptance for adoption and proactively expand knowledge to increase the livelihood of access
  • Policy and communication work with organizations and stakeholders involved in project implementation
  • Support the implementation of policies under the Coffee Strategic Plan of Thailand (2017-2021) and the Coffee Development Plan of Thailand (2022-2031)




Uncle Sawai and his wife, Aunt Sayan, are a good example of farmers. Despite their age, they are able to manage their coffee plantation well and attach great importance to keeping records of expenses and income, as this allows them to know what was spent and what was earned, and when. Although Uncle and Aunt’s expenses and income book looks like a normal notebook from the outside, inside it contains a list of expenses, income and stories that occur in daily life. This makes Uncle and Aunt’s records special and different from others.

“Our book is not just an account of expenses and income. It is also a record of memories and stories that happened. This book not only shows expenses and income, but also help us remember good stories that should not be forgotten.”

Mr. Sawai Donsri, coffee farmer in Moo 1, Bangkaew Subdistrict, La-Un District, Ranong Province

The implementation of the Coffee+ project creates a learning space and demonstrates the translation of policies into concrete actions and the implementation of workplans at national and regional levels. The Coffee+ project supports the implementation of the national strategy and the national development plan at national and regional levels. The project works with the provinces in terms of policy by supporting grassroots economic development on agricultural issues related to Robusta coffee crop.

The preparation of strategies and development plans Sustainable Robusta Coffee of Chumphon Province this time, will determine the direction and development for Robusta coffee of Chumphon province in the whole system. The proactive approach is a way to drive the production, processing and marketing of Robusta coffee in Chumphon province towards sustainable success and in line with the National Coffee Strategic Plan. The strategic plan that will be prepared, will be an opportunity and an important factor that enables organizations and all related sectors to collaborate to discuss and towards the vision by the accuracy of the mission and the achievement of the goals consistent with the current situation and keep up with future changes.

Mr. Wiboon Rattanapornwong, former Chumphon Governor, delivered his opening remark at the   meeting workshop on Development of Chumphon Coffee Roadmap, City Hall, Chumphon Province in November 2019.


Philippines , Thailand , Indonesia


01 Jan 2017 - 31 Oct 2022

Commission Agency