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Consulting and cooperation with farmers in Myanmar

Coffee cultivation in Myanmar has only been practiced by cooperatives and farmers in the highlands for a few years. We support coffee farmers in Myanmar to increase the quality of their coffee and to make it better known in Europe. With your coffee purchase you contribute to this!

High-quality specialty coffee from Asia is not prominently represented in the coffee scene – especially not as single origin. We have been following the slowly growing efforts to grow Specialty Coffee with interest over the past years and have already tasted some promising samples. Until 2021, we and our partners will accompany coffee producers in Myanmar during harvest and evaluate their coffees. Together with our partners from the Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Conflictfood from Berlin, we support the farmers with advice and our experience in the cultivation of specialty coffee and their market entry into the European coffee market.

In short

  • ZeitrPeriod: May 2020 – October 2021
  • Region: Keng Tung, Shan State, Myanmar
  • Cooperatives: Jadae Akha Coffee Group
  • Geo-coordinates: N21° 17′ 0.228″ E99° 37′ 24.707″
  • SDG: SDG 1 – No Poverty, SDG 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth, SDG 15 – Rural Life and SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals.

The project consists of two measures

Coffee cultivation in Myanmar is still in its beginnings. The farmers are motivated and recognize coffee as a promising opportunity to be economically successful and independent.

1. 1. Exchange and advice

Over the next few months, we will be advising the farmers on their activities along the value chain.

The aim will be to permanently improve the quality of their coffees in order to ensure high prices in international trade in the long term. In some of the country’s coffee regions, poppy cultivation has been the main crop to date, driving farmers into illegality. Coffee offers a real opportunity for a secure life here. We are also promoting coffee cultivation in natural forest gardens. In this way, we want to ensure that forest gardens in poorer regions receive an economic benefit so that they are protected from forest fires and unsustainable use.

Within the scope of our cooperation, we focus on the exchange with the farmers and cooperatives in order to create an understanding on both sides for the needs of all – those of the farmers and those of all buyers (roasting companies). Only in this way can both sides come closer together and produce coffees that offer sustainable perspectives.

2. Spread the word

Together with Conflictfood we will bring Myanmar to the fore as the country of origin for Specialty Coffee and use our own network to make the coffees better known in the coffee market. We are eagerly awaiting the next harvest to provide the first samples so that roasters and trading partners from Myanmar can get to know each other and establish contacts.

The country and the coffee region

Myanmar has since been known not for coffee, but more for its tea. But for some years now, isolated farmers and cooperatives have started to invest in the cultivation of Specialty Coffee. We came into contact with coffee from Myanmar through friends a few years ago and were already impressed by the efforts and potential of the coffee farmers there.

In the first phase of the project, we are working with the Jadae Akha Coffee Group.
The 21 farmers of the Jadae Akha Coffee Group belong to the local Akha minority. For them, growing coffee and tea means economic independence and a secure future. Located in Myanmar’s eastern Shan State, in Keng Tung, the cooperative is geographically isolated from the rest of the country. The location and political insecurity of neighboring regions make it difficult for the minorities living there to trade. Shan State has ideal conditions for growing high-quality coffee, tea, and a range of herbs and spices for infusions, such as ginger. However, competition in local markets for coffee is fierce, so most coffee is exported at low prices to the mass market. This project aims to create coffee as an attractive income opportunity for impoverished rural people in crisis regions.

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