Small Growers

Sao Tomé

Malongo and the members of the CECAFEB cooperative of coffee growers have boosted the coffee sector in São Tomé as part of one of the longest-standing partnerships in a producing country run by Malongo and its foundation. Old plantations have been replanted, quality coffee varieties have been boosted, fair trade conditions have been established and organic farming certification has been obtained.

  • 250
    growers
  • 3 tonnes
    purchased by Malongo
  • 2009
    LAUNCH DATE FOR THE PARTNERSHIP

BOOSTING THE COFFEE SECTOR

SUPERB TRADITIONAL ARABICA VARIETIES

São Tomé-et-Principe is located at the intersection between the equator and the Greenwich meridian,  and is known as the island at the middle of the world. With its equatorial climate and rich volcanic soil, this small archipelago in the Gulf of Guinea offers ideal geoclimatic conditions for coffee growing.

Malongo prospectors discovered some superb traditional Arabic varieties (Red Bourbon, Yellow Bourbon and Typica) in the Monte Café region, farmed by a few coffee growers facing a tough economic outlook. Malongo started working with government authorities to launch fair trade and organic plantations for these coffee varieties. The CECAFEB cooperative of coffee growers was founded.

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CECAFEB

A COOPERATIVE WAS BORN THANKS TO MALONGO

Growers, members of the CECAFEB cooperative, grow traditional varieties of high-quality Arabica on the slopes of Monté Pico in the shade of century-old trees. This project was set up in 2010 and aims to boost the sector by creating the cooperative, as well as training farmers, constructing storage and transformation infrastructures and instigating an ambitious plot renovation and re-plantation plan. The 250 growers, members of the cooperative, and their families, who are facing hardship, can diversify their sources of income and improve their quality of living thanks to the boost to the sector.

 

We initially needed to convince the growers, overcome their distrust, gain their commitment and show them that our project was a serious offer, unlike others.
We initially needed to convince the growers, overcome their distrust, gain their commitment and show them that our project was a serious offer, unlike others.
Training in Mexico

Four growers from São Tomé travelled to Mexico for an educational trip with CICADES (an organic coffee growing research centre) in 2013. They visited farming sites and benefited from both practical and theoretical learning sessions

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THE MALONGO FOUNDATION

The Malongo Foundation provided funding for purchasing various articles right from the early days of the project. Farmers required technical assistance and training in order to renovate the plots and create new nurseries. Malongo teams organised the necessary sessions on-site.

PROJECTS FOR THE FUTURE

Research projects are run at the site to determine effective biological techniques against coffee borer beetles. Growers in São Tomé are also attempting to increase their yield by improving plot productivity with the support of the Malongo Foundation.