NKG BLOOM Kenya

During the harvest season in Kenya, more than 1,000 farmers may deliver coffee to a washing station. The process is traditionally error prone, involves long delays and suffers from a lack of communication. Deliveries are manually recorded, and it may take weeks for a cooperative to know the full result of a harvest.

NKG BLOOM has moved the system online through a mobile app, desktop app and agronomy app. Cherry-weighing scales are now connected to the factory manager’s laptop; each time coffee is weighed, the transaction is logged in the system, a receipt is printed and a text message with the details of the transaction is sent to the farmer’s phone. Records are now clear, accurate and always up to date. During the first harvest that the system was online, more than 150,000 deliveries were digitized and shared to farmers’ phones.

Under NKG BLOOM, Tropical Farm Management Kenya (TFMK) and farmer-owned cooperatives are increasing their investments in washing-station infrastructure and technical assistance for farmers. Extension officers work closely with co-op members to address low yields and climate- and disease-based agronomy challenges.

Building on prior efforts by TFMK, NKG BLOOM is additionally working with cooperatives on certification trainings, the dispersal of fertilizer and other soil-nutrient inputs, and on working-capital loans for infrastructure  investments and other needs.

Priscilla Wanjiru Ndungu and her husband, Joseph Ndungu Njoroge, produced 1,850 kgs of fresh cherry last year. Thanks to NKG BLOOM, they‘re expecting that to increase to more than 3,000 kgs.

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Key Figures

15

and growing
FSU staff to date

8

Farmer groups,
representing 40,000+ members

0,16

ha

Average farm size

≈ 6

bags/ha

Average productivity

20+

bags/ha

Target productivity

stats

Key services for cooperatives

Financial
services

High-quality
fertilizers

Extension services
and farmer training

Efficient
IT systems

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Get in touch

NKG BLOOM Kenya is mainly coordinated by Neumann Kaffee Gruppe’s service company Tropical Farm Management Kenya Ltd.

Maboromoko Road
Thika,
Kenia

Tel.: +254 (0) 20 234 3009
E-mail: info.ke@nkg.coffee

Nicholas Kabare
FSU Manager
nicholas.kabare@nkg.coffee

 

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