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Samedi 01 Octobre 2011 à 01:41

Vendr. 14 oct.

Projection d'un court-mètrage.

Rencontre avec les producteurs de la coopérative

de café de Tanzanie (KCU) John Kanjagaile + dégustation


18h | Rue d’Havré 97 - Maison Internationale de Mons & Max Havelaar

 John Kanjagaile, exportmanager at KCU, Kagera Cooperative Union in Tanzania

KCU paid my studies
KCU has paid for my studies . Therefore,  when the opportunity to work for KCU presented itself in 1986, I grabbed it with both hands. Since over 15 years I am the export manager of KCU, a job which I do from Moshi out, in the Kilimanjaro region. Moshi is the place where most of Tanzanian coffees are sold through the auction. KCU however is based in the Kagera district, on the Western side of lake Victoria.

Coffeefarmer, married with children.

I am 54 years old, married to Mecktilda and we have 7 children. I finished my high school and then got a degree in accountancy. My wife and the little ones live with me in Moshi. In Kagera i have a little coffee-farm. In those years of low market prices, I was able to get up to 3 times as much income as other farmers who would not be part of a Fairtrade certified cooperative.

KCU, one of the oldest Coffee cooperatives of Tanzania

KCU is one of the oldest coffee cooperatives in Tanzania, with roots even before the famous Ujamaa social-economic program launched by Nyerere in the 70-ties. It has 60 000 members, and last year they produced some 4500 metric Tons of coffee, of which 3600 is Robusta, and some 900 is Arabica coffee. I am responsible for selling all of that coffee, and we managed to sell 3260 Tons under Fairtrade conditions. We own part of Tanica, a factory which produces soluble coffee for the local market, they bought us 716 Tons of coffee.

Just  pay us a fair price

We ask not more nor less. A farmer who gets a decent price, is able to care more for his coffee-plants, they will give a better yield, and production costs will be covered. Don’t think that market-mechanisms automatically “deal” with the situation of our farmes, over the last 20 years lots of farmers have not been able to maintain their farm. We urge consumers to think fair, that is fair not only to the environment , but also to the producers who live in the South

Last Updated ( Mercredi 12 Octobre 2011 à 22:51 )