Tanzania Coffee Research Institute (TaCRI), incorporated in 2000 as a company limited by guarantee and without share capital under the Companies Ordinance (CAP. 212), became 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.
The power to carry out the operations and management of the Institute are vested in the Board of Directors, through its Chief Executive Director.
For more details see the TaCRI Memorandum & Articles of Association.
The major objective of TaCRI is rejuvenation of the Tanzania coffee industry, placing a new emphasis on the role of stakeholder-led and client demand-driven RESEARCH FOR DEVELOPMENT. The Institute provides a crucial public service to stakeholders in the country’s coffee industry by providing coffee producers with relevant and practical technological innovations and advice that will improve productivity and quality but also enhance profitability and livelihoods for coffee producers and increased competitiveness of Tanzanian coffee on the world market.
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.
TaCRI is a non-profit organisation. Therefore, it derives its income from its members contribution through cess, government and donor contributions; collaborative activities; and the sale of materials and services (e.g. plant materials and publications).
For any organisation or business to succeed, it is very important to have a clear focus against which activities can be planned and progress can be judged.
In September 2001 when TaCRI was launched, the team’s first task was to define the organisation’s focus. Through a collective process involving all personnel within the new organisation, a clear set of values and objectives was produced against which TaCRI base its management and operational working practice.
TaCRI is committed to operating in line with the following key values:
- Strong demand driven technology development and dissemination which meet the needs of its stakeholders and are market focused.
- Enlightened leadership
- Excellence and high standards of performance.
- A sense of urgency
- Mutual respect and trust amongst all levels of staff.
- Cost consciousness.
- Team work
- Spirit of partnership
- Alleviation of poverty and improvement of the livelihoods of coffee growers.
TaCRI’s vision is to contribute to the transformation of the Tanzania coffee industry to sustainable prosperity.
The Institute will achieve this vision by developing and disseminating appropriate technologies to improve coffee productivity and quality in Tanzania within a supportive policy framework. The desired result is for increased competitiveness of Tanzanian coffee on the world market, and ultimately increased incomes, reduction of poverty, and improvement in the livelihoods of coffee growers.
TaCRI’s goal is to create a profitable and sustainable coffee industry in Tanzania.
Achieving our Goal
TaCRI will operate within the following parameters:
- Work closely with all coffee stakeholders to create a shared vision of what can realistically be achieved.
- Organise our resources effectively and efficiently to meet stakeholders’ needs
- Strive to have a coffee research institute that is well managed, financially viable, offers quality, is forward thinking and renowned both nationally and internationally.
- Attract, motivate and retain a team of excelling scientists, other professionals and supporting staff
- Concentrate on the development of technologies that are aimed at solving existing or foreseeable problems to the coffee industry.
- Ensure that all innovations are quickly and effectively communicated to the end users.
- Forge mutually beneficial, national, regional and international partnerships.
- Continuously monitor and review progress and achievements