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The Stumping Project

We are proud to be supporting the stumping project with Falcon Coffees & Techno Serve.

Helping to support Ethiopian coffee farmers to achieve a living income by rejuvenating their coffee trees. This three-year ‘stumping’ project aims to double the coffee income of Ethiopian coffee farmers.

There’s a real opportunity for stakeholders around the world to scale up this approach, increasing Ethiopia’s coffee supply and–most importantly–helping Ethiopian farmers to lift their families out of poverty.”

Old coffee trees can be rejuvenated by stumping

Stumped trees deliver increased yields and better quality coffee, which can ultimately contribute to providing a living income for Ethiopian farmers.

Currently, the largest impediment to increased coffee productivity in Ethiopia is the lack of tree rejuvenation, also known as “stumping.” Stumping coffee trees is the most critical step to improve yields and quality and is a prerequisite to achieving the impact of additional good agricultural practices (GAPs).

However, even though stumping a 25-year-old tree can generate yields equal to, or better than those of young trees, Ethiopian smallholder coffee farmers are reluctant to stump primarily due to the immediate, acute, and short-term loss of income for 1.5 years while their trees stems regrow.

A two-year pilot project conducted by the international development nonprofit  TECHNOSERVE in Sidamo, Ethiopia,  demonstrated the impact sponsored tree-stumping can achieve.

This pilot found that if farmers can be persuaded and incentivized to stump old trees, they can achieve the following outcomes over a three-year period:

  • After one harvest without production, these stumped trees will return to yields at 70% of pre-stumped levels in the second year
  • In the following year’s harvest, these trees will have the potential to produce between two and four times more cherries for the next six years

The Stumping Process

Step 1

Select old trees that require stumping.
No more than a 1/4 of a farm.

Step 2

Cut at a height of 30cm from the ground, at an angle of 45° from the stump

Step 3

Select the best 3 suckers to become the new main stems. (20 – 30 cm high)

Step 4

After 18 months, the new main stems will start to produce cherries.