A new coffee cooperative to improve market access in Oé-Cusse
Last 21st and 22nd of October, a meeting for the creation of a coffee cooperative took place in Lakufoan, Oé-Cusse. Twenty-six local coffee farmers, including ten women, attended a gathering to discuss, design their new group and learn about cooperatives. The main goal of this cooperative is to improve production to obtain better market access.
The Agribusiness Team from the Regional Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry and Fairtrade NZ, represented by Mr Will Valverde, a cooperative specialist; organized a training to prepare farmers to shift from subsistence agriculture model into a more competitive model. This training was carried out thanks to innovative learning toolkit, developed by Fairtrade NZ, that helps farmers from rural areas to learn easily while playing. This toolkit is being translated and adapted to work with local communities in Oé-Cusse. The training also provided guidance on the definition, structure, and main principles of a cooperative, giving a broad sense of community work and ethic collaboration.
After the training, the members of the newly created cooperative will boost the quality and quantity of their coffee thanks to the capacities that were built during the sessions. The creation of this cooperative will bring numerous benefits for the 26 farmers including improved livelihoods thanks to new market access. The group is supported by RAEOA-ZEESM TL and UNDP to continue their capacity building.