Coffee

  • HEAVY TEA DRINKERS OPEN UP TO COFFEE

    To diversify their income Mzuzu decided to introduce their own coffee brand to the Malawi market. The increased revenues would help meet operational costs.
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  • FAIR TOURISM

    Price volatility makes it hard for coffee farmers to predict their income for the coming season. Like Rukuriri, KNCU identified potential projects to diversify the income of their farmers. After discussions with the farmers, the organisation decided to invest in a tourism project.
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  • TERRACING, DIGGING AND PLANTING

    Climate change has wiped out nearly half of the five million coffee trees the members of the Mzuzu Coffee Planters Cooperative Union in the north of Malawi have planted since 1998. Rains have become very unpredictable and increasingly cause erosion. Mzuzu farmers are unable to install irrigation systems due to their high cost.
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  • CONSTRUCTING DAMS & HALTING SAND HARVESTING

    Sand harvesting and inadequate rainfall due to climate change have drastically lowered water levels of rivers in the Kangundo area. Sand harvesting is a new, income-generating activity whereby unemployed youths sell river sand to construction companies. It causes the degradation of rivers as it hinders streams from retaining water.
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  • A demonstration plot

    Pest and diseases like leaf rust and leaf miner have contributed to huge losses at Kaliluni Farmers’ Co-operative Society. Leaf rust was causing premature shedding of leaves, reducing the growth of stems. The bugs burrowed through the coffee leaves inhibiting photosynthesis. Although farmers understood they needed to apply pesticides to save their crop, they lacked adequate knowledge to identify the specific treatment.
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  • GENDER TOOLS HELP BALANCE RELATIONSHIPS

    Land ownership and income streams management have been the domain of men in the Mbale area. Traditionally, a woman’s place is at home, taking care of the household and children. When Gumutindo Coffee Co-operative heard about the positive results of a gender balance project rolled out in a neighbouring cooperative, they decided to implement the programme in their own organisation.
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  • The difference is real #yourcupmydignity

    “I no longer use firewood I use gas. In fact, my eyes have been affected by the smoke from firewood, which I have been using for many years. I am now dependent on spectacles whenever I am reading, but what makes me happy, is the fact that I can afford this pair of glasses and […]
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