Our Approach

Our approach builds on people’s ownership. We believe in empowerment and entrepreneurship as key to success and effective self-help. We establish partnerships at a level playing field and strive for long-term solutions. We use participatory methods for supporting farmers in the assessment of their situation, for understanding risks and opportunities and for developing visions for improvement. This inclusion of the farmers is crucial in our approach, as sustainable and long-term development can only happen when driven by the individuals themselves. We systematically assess experiences and share learnings with both, the farming community and our project partners. This provides the basis for boosting impact and supporting efficient scaling within and beyond project regions.

Support smallholder farmers and their families on their path to becoming economically self-sufficient and prosperous, being competitive business people in coffee by strengthening their entrepreneurial skills and organizational development.

Upgrade and further develop coffee based production systems.

Building efficient farmer organizations that support coffee smallholder families to prosper. Enabling access to markets and extension services.

Contribute to the protection of natural resources and address the challenges associated with climate change and protecting biodiversity.

Contribute to the establishment of improved economic, environmental and social conditions.

Be a relevant and inclusive foundation, emphasizing joint learning and collaboration with all parties involved.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


Through our work at Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS), we are committed to contribute to achieving the following UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the framework of the Agenda 2030: