Traceability is not the goal but the means

Good coffee starts with good farming. It is a daunting task to constantly produce high quality coffee as a grower. You start with the seedlings. Taking care of the plants as your most precious asset – is the soil right, are they protected from sun, do they get enough moisture and food, etc. You wait for years for the seedlings to grow into fruit bearing trees. And even when you have good cherries, there is no assurance you get them to high quality green beans. How you sort the coffee, how you dry it, how you process, clean, sort, package and transport all matter.

Challenges and Opportunities to improve the livelihoods of Smallholder Farmers

Challenges and Opportunities to improve the livelihoods of Smallholder Farmers To be a smallholder farmer undoubtedly means to be part of the driving force that provides the basis for economies in developing communities such as the East African. And no matter how prosperous this may sound and regardless of the huge state`s dependency on agriculture export for foreign currency, farmers` lives are filled with uncertainty and great challenges. Although coffee and tea are the main cash-crops in East Africa, smallholder farmers are illogically not benefiting at all from these relatively rich industries and high income earners.

Almacena is FairTrade certified

The Fairtrade movement was established in order to help famers in the developing world live a more decent life and receive the proportional reward for all their hard work. The Fair-trade certification actually sets the standards for the way coffee is produced and the amount of money the coffee farmer Read More…

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