Date Posted: January 28th, 2008
As demonstrated in this story, the use of “Coffee Bikes” may increase the profits of small-scale coffee farmers. These bright yellow and green coffee bikes were created to be durable and easy to maintain, which is important in countries where road conditions are poor – especially to enable farmers to move quickly and easily to increase the quality of the coffee they deliver to washing stations.
You can get more information on coffee bean processing on the International Coffee Organization’s website: http://www.ico.org/field_processing.asp.
If farmers in your area do not grow coffee, you can also think of investigating how bikes – like the Coffee Bike or other transport innovations – can be useful for farmers in your area. You can adapt this story to highlight the benefits of having good tools and good transportation to bring products to market.
You can use DCFRN radio scripts such as: Appropriate farming tools for African women farmers (Package 82, Script 7, November 2007) or Smartly Designed Animal Cart Helps Sudanese Farmer (Package 80, Script 10, March 2007).
If you want more information on the Coffee Bike, go to Project Rwanda’s website: http://www.projectrwanda.org/.
There are also other projects that use bicycles to better the lives of rural Africans. Here are a few websites that demonstrate such projects:
Finally, here are two videos about the Coffee Bike that may interest you:
-Venuste’s coffee bike (podcast with images):