Burundi
Small growers

Burundi

To the north east of Burundi, near to the town of Kayanza, the COCOCA federation brings together several coffee-growing cooperatives with fair trade certification. Malongo supports the production of this excellent Bourbon Arabica, grown at an altitude of 1500 m.

  • 27 000
    GROWERS
  • 83 tonnes
    PURCHASED BY MALONGO
  • 2011
    LAUNCH DATE FOR THE PARTNERSHIP

COCOCA

UNION OF COFFEE-GROWING COOPERATIVES

COCOCA federates 39 cooperatives spread throughout the entire region and produces very high quality coffees, exclusively using hand picked red cherries. The local structures are relatively well organised, precise and pay attention to the production process (deparching, drying). Each one has its own washing centre.

The small growers having joined the Ubwiza bw’ikawa cooperative plant their coffee trees in a fertile laterite-clay soil. Grown in all areas of the country, Burundi coffee is classified as one of the most mellow Arabicas in eastern Africa.

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mEETING UP WITH ERNEST NDUMURARO

COCOCA MANAGING DIRECTOR

What impact does fair trade have on the operations of the growers?

Social bonuses have been paid out to support general interest projects: the construction of a bridge, access to drinking water and electricity, renovating homes, etc. Furthermore, the growers are better paid, and more importantly, they are paid on time.

Can you describe the current projects led by COCOCA?

I could mention the deparching plant, and our roasting site for local coffee use. We are working to ensure that all of our members obtain Fair trade certification. The inherent standards will lay the road to sustainable development with real benefits.

How would you define coffee from Burundi?

This Arabica coffee is mellow, well balanced, with long-lasting slightly spicy aromas. But most importantly, our coffees are Fair trade.

The region

Thanks to the temperate equatorial climate and soils, Burundi is one of the leading contributors to the African coffee-growing market. Around 800,000 farmers grow coffee on plantations which are no bigger than 0.5 ha.

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MALONGO'S COMMITMENT

Thanks to Malongo’s support, the cooperative was able to find the capital to construct a deparching and sorting centre. With this new site, the cooperative is now 100% independent for the entire production and export process. Several cooperatives have obtained the Fair trade label, mainly thanks to Malongo’s input; this certification is progressively being extended to all of the main contributing cooperatives.