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[ 11 Mar 2015 | No Comment ]

From the 4C Press Team
Dear Coffee Stakeholder,
We are pleased to announce the launch of the 4C Photo of the Year.
As a multi-stakeholder organization that encompasses the global coffee sector, there are members scattered throughout all corners of the earth. With the next General Assembly fast approaching, we want to capture all the moments that are experienced by our committed and hard-working members in their pursuit for a better coffee world. Whether you are a farmer, a mill, an exporter or importer, a roaster, a retailer, a researcher, an NGO, a …

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[ 9 Mar 2015 | No Comment ]

Agriculture Minister Geraldine Mukeshimana (L) and Sir Tom Hunter cut the tape to inaugurate the coffee factory as Naeb Director General Bill Kayonga looks on.¬
Rwanda Coffee industry has been improving over decades and its recent achievements are commendable. The fact that the number of coffee growers has increased proportionately and consistently with coffee production is a true testament to NAEB’s bold vision of turning dreams into reality.
It‚Äôs for such grounds that Clinton-Hunter Development Initiative (CHDI) sat and eyed into Rwanda-based coffee roasting and packing operations as a financially viable and …

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[ 6 Mar 2015 | No Comment ]

Challenges to and importance of engaging women and youth in the coffee sector
In many producing countries the average age of coffee farmers is increasing, youth are not motivated to stay in coffee as they lack ownership of land, coffee trees, access to training and finance and benefits derived from coffee. As a result they increasingly leave rural areas and look for employment in cities. The continuation of coffee production by the “next generation” is therefore at stake, which poses a great risk to the coffee sector as a whole. Additionally, …

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[ 3 Mar 2015 | No Comment ]

by Doriane Kaze, Burundi Chapter Coordinator
The championship was organized by the Burundi Barista Association and held at Hotel club du Lac Tanganyika. It all begun with the Head judge Miss Clare Rwakatogoro from Uganda training these participants from 19th – 23rd January 2015 before the actual competition could begin on 22nd – 24th January 2015 at the same venue where the championship would be held.
The championship begun with 16 participants who were energetic and all looked forward to being the next event champions. Along the way, 10 participants were eliminated …

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[ 26 Feb 2015 | No Comment ]
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(From the October ‚Äď December 2014 Magazine Issue)
The Sustainable and Secure¬†Smallholder Systems¬†at Scale (4S@Scale) is a¬†Public-Private-Partnership¬†(PPP) that has a five year¬†mandate and is supported¬†by the Ministry of Foreign¬†Affairs of the Netherlands,¬†Hivos, Ecom Agroindustrial¬†Corp. Ltd; KAWACOM¬†Uganda Limited (Uganda),¬†Sustainable Management¬†Services (Kenya) and¬†Tutunze Kahawa Ltd¬†(Tanzania); Kenya National¬†Farmers Federation ‚ÄstKENAFF (Kenya), Biogas¬†Solutions Uganda Ltd¬†(Uganda) and CARMATEC¬†(Tanzania).
The programme commenced in Uganda with Kawacom (U) Ltd on 1st of July 2014 and intends to work with different players in the sector to ensure that coffee farmers get the best output from their produce and the good reputation of Ugandan coffee is maintained.
For more on this article …

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[ 26 Feb 2015 | No Comment ]
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(From the October ‚Äď December 2014 Magazine Issue)
By Kimberly Easson, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships Gender Program Advisor, Coffee Quality Institute
The global coffee market is expanding; consumption around the world continues to grow. Specialty coffee trends are generating enthusiasm and engaging a new pool of youngconsumers. At the same time, the industry faces significant risks to supply linked to climate change, plant disease, food insecurity, aging farming populations and out-migration from farming communities, among other issues. Real concern exists that supply will not keep pace with market opportunities.
Fortunately a hidden resource¬†exists to help address these global¬†problems: coffee‚Äôs women. …

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[ 26 Feb 2015 | No Comment ]
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Enhancing the World’s taste for African Coffee
by Samuel N. Kamau, Executive Director AFCA.
When the African Fine Coffees Association (AFCA) was formed in 2000, its founders had a vision that they would be able to provide the African coffee industry ‚Äď which had undergone two severe depressions ‚Äď with a new direction.
To achieve this goal, AFCA developed a strategy that set out a number of goals. The association would seek to bring together stakeholders to collectively pursue business opportunities; it would promote the finest coffees from across Africa; it would develop …

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[ 26 Feb 2015 | No Comment ]

(From the October – December 2014 Magazine Issue)
Bean There Coffee Company, South Africa’s first roaster of Certified Fairtrade coffee, recently launched their newest origin; a Kivu 4 washed Arabica from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Bean There has teamed up with the Virunga Coffee Company in North Kivu in a direct fair trade partnership. The Virunga Coffee Company was established by Schluter with the aim of investing in the coffee production in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Virunga focuses on providing training to coffee farmers and access to the international coffee market. Virunga has several agronomists working with coffee producers at the foot of the Nyiragongo volcano.
For more …

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[ 26 Feb 2015 | No Comment ]

by Titus Thobias Itegerereize, General Manager
(From the October – December 2014 Magazine Issue)
“The Karagwe Estates Vision of Liberating Coffee farmers from absolute poverty is conclusive evidence of giving¬†Karagwe farmers better life to acquire basic needs and raise the¬†standard of living‚ÄĚ.¬†Titus Thobias Itegerereize, General Manager Karagwe Estates
Karagwe and Kyerwa districts are situated North-west of Tanzania¬†bordering Rwanda and Uganda. The area is about 270,000 hectares¬†arable land, 120,705 hectares of which is under cultivation leaving¬†140,335 hectares dormant. The area is generally mountainous with an¬†average altitude of between 1550 to 1800. Inhabitants enjoy rainfall¬†of …

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