The Association of Kilimanjaro Specialty Coffee Growers (AKSCG or “Kilicafe”) was established in April 2001 with the support of the American NGO “Technoserve.” In the beginning, ten farmer business groups formed the association to sell and market their specialty coffee jointly, committed to produce a high quality product that would garner higher prices. The founding groups were located in Northern Tanzania in the regions of Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Manyara. In 2002, with support from USAID, they expanded to include groups towards the south. Today, more than 130 groups, or an estimated 6,000 farmers, form different parts of the country form Kilicafe. They have been Fair Trade certified since 2004.
United Republic of Tanzania