Tanzania Coffee Research Institute (TaCRI), incorporated in 2000 as a company limited by guarantee and with share capital under the Companies Ordinance (CAP. 2012), become legally constituted and operational in September 2001 with the major objective of rejuvenating the Tanzania coffee industry; placing new emphasis on stakeholder-led, demand-driven RESEARCH FOR DEVELOPMENT with the motto "Thinking Big and Acting Big" & "UTAFITI NDIO UHAI WA WAKULIMA WA KAHAWA".
For more detail see the TaCRI Memorandum & Article of Association
Objective of TaCRI is to rejuvenate the Tanzania coffee industry by placing new emphasis on the role of stakeholder-led and client demand-driven Research for Development. The institute provides a crucial public services to stakeholders in the country's coffee industry by providing coffee producers with relevant and practical technological innovations and advice to improve productivity and quality but also enhance profitability and livelihoods of coffee producers and increased competitiveness of Tanzanian coffee in the world market.
Ownership: TaCRI is owned by the stakeholders who it is serving. These include small and large-scale coffee farmers, cooperative societies and unions dealing in coffee, coffee processors, coffee traders, relevant NGOs, the private sector, and the Tanzanian Government.
Funding: TaCRI is a non-profit organisation. Therefore, it derives its income from its member’s contribution through voluntary contributions, government and donor contributions; collaborative activities; and the sale of materials and services (e.g. plant materials, soil and plant leaf analyses and publications). The European Union has provided substantial support for kick stating TaCRI and for the implementation of the Strategic Action Plans (SAPs).
TaCRI Focus: Key for any organisation to succeed, is to have a clear focus against what activities can be planned and progress can be judged.
Defining the organisations focus was TaCRI’s first task when it was launched. Through a collective process, involving all personnel within the new organisation, a clear set of values and objectives was produced against which TaCRI bases its management and operational working practice.
TaCRI is committed to operating in line with the following key values:
- Strong demand-driven, stakeholder-led and market-oriented technology development and dissemination.
- Improvement of income security and livelihoods of coffee growers.
- Enlightened leadership
- Imagination, creativity and innovativeness,
- Commitment to excellence, diligence and high quality service delivery to stakeholders.
- Thinking big and acting big.
- Attracting and retaining top talent
- A sense of urgency in all of our activities
- Tolerance, mutual respect and trust at all levels
- Commitment to honesty and integrity
- Proper information flow and feedback at all levels.
- Forging smart partnerships.
The members of the institute shall consist of full, associate, and honorary members. The full members shall be members mentioned in Article 4 (ii) of the Memorandum and Articles of Association of TaCRI who shall have voting rights on all matters relating to the institute’s operations and entitled to be appointed to the Board of Directors: Associate members shall be interested members from categories of full members (b-d) but not meeting the limits of the categories at the time of application, but shall have no voting rights at the members meetings while honorary members shall be individuals of outstanding reputation and standing with extensive experience in coffee research and related matters and support the objectives and ideals of the Institute. They will have the right to attend the Annual General Meeting but will have no voting rights.
The members of the Institute shall consist of-
a) The Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, represented by
(i) The Ministry responsible for Agriculture
(ii) The coffee industry-regulating agency
b) Grower members shall be drawn from an interested group of members formed into cooperatives or other associations comprising of not les than ten coffee growers producing an average of not less than one thousand metric tones over the past four years.
c) Buying members shall be drawn from interested groups/companies actively engaged in trade dealings of coffee produced in are persons actively engaged in trade dealings of coffee produced in Tanzania and who are selling such coffee as green beans or after roasting and packing, either for local consumption or for export. To qualify for this category each member must deal in not less than one thousand metric tones over the past four years.
d) Processing members shall be drawn from interested companies owning coffee curing and processing plants processing at least two thousand metric tons per year.
No single member shall be represented in more than one category of membership above.
All the four categories of members indicated in sub articles 4 (b), (c), and (d) above shall be eligible for membership provided that they have applied for such membership in accordance with Article 6. Any company, which markets coffee for and on behalf of Grower members within the same corporate structure, may only be represented as a Grower member in the names of the aforesaid Grower Members
TaCRI first, second, third and fourth strategic action plans (SAP I, II, III & IV 2003 – 2023) strength the original objective of contributing to a profitable and sustainable coffee industry in Tanzania by setting ambitious, but achievable, milestones in the following key result areas:
Result 1: A well managed, financially sustainable, stakeholder driven nationally and internationally respected coffee research institute continues to be operational:
Result 2: Appropriate crop improvement research programmes continue to be implemented divided into:
- Result 2a: High yielding, disease resistant Arabica coffee cultivars with good bean size and cup quality continue to be developed & released.
- Result 2b: High yielding Coffee Wilt Disease (CWD) resistant Robusta coffee clones/varieties with good bean size and cup quality continue to be developed & released.
Result 3: Appropriate coffee crop productivity & quality improvement research programmes continue to be developed & implemented divided into:
- Result 3a: Appropriate crop husbandry and integrated pest management practices for new cultivars to support the rehabilitation of coffee farms continue to be developed & promoted.
- Result 3b: Information on primary processing technologies continues to be accessible to producers & processors.
- Result 3c: Cost effective & appropriate integrated soil fertility management systems continue to be evaluated & promoted.
- Result 3d: A high quality & reliable commercial soil & plant analytical services for coffee farmers & supportive agencies is operational.
Result 4: Appropriate technologies multiplied on farm, promoted by extension & training, continue to be available to coffee farmers divided into:
- Result 4a: Appropriate, financially viable & proven technologies continue to be promoted and disseminated to farmers & other stakeholders.
- Result 4b: Effective linkages between researchers, District extension staff, small farmers & estates continue to be facilitated.
- Result 4c: Nurseries producing new cultivars for the replanting programme continue to be initiated and/or expanded.
- Result 4d: Training courses for farmers continue to be implemented.
- Result 4e: Replanting & and/or grafting of coffee with improved cultivars increasing annually.