Producing countries and plantations

 Malongo has developed priority relations with many plantations and cooperatives: Mexico, Haiti, Congo, Guadeloupe, Laos, New-Caledonia, Zimbabwe. These relations are long-term and contractual, integrating multiple partnerships for training, health, art and tourism, etc. Our efforts mainly focus on training, in coordination with the cooperatives of small growers. Improving quality, productivity and economic diversification.

Malongo in the field

Fair trade means: guaranteeing a purchasing price to small growers and making a direct commitment to these growers. The aim: assist these growers in better producing coffee. How it works: regular on-site visits. Listening to their demands in their political and economic context. Assisting the growers to construct infrastructures and better survive in the plantation areas, with their families.


UCIRI: a 15-year partnership in Mexico

2500 small growers from 55 different Indian communities are united in the mountains to the west of Chiapas: this is the UCIRI cooperative community. Arabica plantations grow at an altitude of 1500 m according to organic standards. 

Income from fair trade has been used to: create two bus lines, a medical centre, a bank and an organic agriculture school. To prevent rural depopulation, the community is able to invest in economic diversification projects.

For Malongo, the UCIRI Cooperative means coffee quality, a hands-on part of sustainable development policy. Personal bonds have been created with small growers, with Padre van der Hoff . The founder of fair trade and the Max Havelaar label still lives here.


Haiti: solidarity, technology, integration

An economic, political and catastrophic situation. A struggling country. One of the least developed countries according to the UN. 50% of the population is aged under 15. Unemployment levels are astounding. And yet, Haiti could produce top quality coffee and become a leading producing country.

Malongo decided to take action in two ways by:

- Boosting coffee plantations
- Assisting with the development of sanitary and social programs

• Wifi in Haiti

MALONGO creates a wifi network for plantations in Haiti*.
This technological equipment meets the requirements of the innovative system we have recently implemented:
total coffee traceability for consumers. Customers will be able to access all of the information on the electronic tag on the packaging using a mobile telephone.

This computerised equipment assists with integration: beating under-development with technology. Links to the web site of the plantation, and more….
* in collaboration with Nice University, Alcatel Lucent and Comcell (local operator).

• Targets of networking

This equipment aims to offer a future for young adults, in their village, kitting out schools with high-speed Internet and simplifying teaching in rural areas. This is backed up with computer training for the local populations.  This opens up the world of distance learning and home working. Ecotourism activity is now possible. 

Creating an international showcase for Haitian talent:
- Haiti Data base masters project underway. The virtual agricultural art gallery between Haiti and Cuba, financed by the AUF.
- CASA KARIBE NOVA project. A Caribbean showcase, including a training centre - high-level distribution, planned by the UTE, in Haiti.

• the rest of the world
We attempt to pass on the same policies to our other suppliers, producing countries: Congo, New Caledonia, Zimbabwe.
The experience gained in Haiti is but a starting point with great symbolic value: this experience will act as a basis for future rural developments in many producing countries committed to fair trade on all continents: Central America, South America, Africa, Asia, Oceania.

 

Zimbabwe: ethical trading

Coffee from the Farfell plantation is very particular due to its acidity and excellent quality. And yet this plantation is in danger: threatened by Government expropriation, occasional military extortion and financial difficulties due to rapidly climbing inflation.

Malongo supports the Farfell plantation. We are committed to a long-term partnership: we apply fair trade conditions when purchasing coffee; and organise social programs and medical assistance for the works and families on the plantation.