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    Cocagi Project Update

    Cocagi Project Update

    This year we are continuing our funding for Cocagi Femme. Due to climate issues and COVID-19, this coffee community faced some big challenges that destroyed some of the crops we purchased and donated to them last year.

     

    So to ensure, this project is a success, we are back supporting them, replenishing crops that were destroyed, buying an additional 2 hectares of land, fertiliser for the whole 6 hectares of land, additional coffee seedlings and sunflowers to they can earn additional money from the land while they are establishing the coffee plantation.

     

    Cocagi have been busy preparing the original 4 hectares of land (including weeding, purchasing liquid organic fertilizer and mulching) before planting 7318 coffee trees to ensure a healthy crop. They are now on track to plant the remaining 2,682 coffee trees by the end of January totalling 10,000 new coffee plants. They are still looking to secure the new 2 hectares of land which they have planned to use for both coffee and bananas, hopefully by our next report this will be secured and land preparation will be underway for this new addition!

     

    As well as prepping the land and planting the coffee plants, the community have also been preparing the land to include sunflowers after severe weather destroyed the tomato crops last year. Plant diversification is very important to ensure that the women can secure an alternate source of income while the crops are being established. It also diversifies the risk of reliance on one crop and is an important aspect that is taught by Rainforest Alliance to these communities to ensure they can continually make money from the land and support their families.

     

    As part of our support, we also invest in training for the Cocagi Femme who together with the support of Rainforest Alliance teach the community about leadership, gender equality, trade and marketing of their coffee. We also funded the cost of two female agronomists to assist the farming project. An agronomist are plant and soil scientists who work with the cooperative on the most  up-to-date farming practices to boost crop yields while managing weeds, pest control and working in alignment with the surrounding environment.

     

    As we have seen, no project is free from challenges like unpredictable weather, but so far, the project is moving forward without any issues. Thank you to our customers for buying St Remio. Your support is allowing us to fund this community and empower them in business and support their families. Coffee is the lifeline of many communities and your support will ensure that these communities can thrive and we can enjoy coffee for years to come.

     

    Thank you to Rainforest Alliance for their support in this project too. This is a partnership we are so proud to be aligned with.

    Cocagi Project Update

    Cocagi Project Update

    Some time has passed since our last update on our Cocagi project and during that time they have certainly faced some challenges during from serious rains and of course, COVID-19.

    With the purchase of the new land, Cocagi Femme have been busy working two different plots of land, one plot that looks after a variety of different plants (for diversification of income) which includes tomatoes, beans, maize and sunflowers, and the second plot of land they have been busy preparing the land for the coffee plantation. This includes weeding, turning over the soil to prepare it for planting.

    During this time, of the 4 hectares, only one hectare of land has been prepared with the coffee seedlings. This was due to the fact that there were not enough good seedlings available at the time. Since then, a nursery has been set up to nurture the remaining coffee plants so that in time, the entire crop can be planted.

    Another challenge that has faced coffee farmers, and indeed all farmers, is global warming and the unpredictability of the seasons. Cocagi has faced some serious rains that unfortunately, damaged the tree tomato crops. The weather now poses challenges in farming and protecting the crops and the group continue to meet and discuss ways, methods to manage the unpredictable weather to ensure they are able to protect their plantation.  On top of this, COVID-19 also has had an impact, causing a delay in the additional training in the management of the sunflower and tree tomato crops. But these training sessions will be rescheduled so that the program can continue for Cocagi Femme.

    This next quarter will see the final preparation of the land in readiness for the remainder of the coffee seedlings.

    Farming is always very challenging. Cocagi Femme have had to work through some big challenges from weather to COVID-19 which as we know, has had serious impact across the entire world. A reminder of just how much goes into each cup of coffee you enjoy.

    We look forward to sharing another update with you all soon! Thank you for supporting St Remio and allowing us to fund projects like this with the support of Rainforest Alliance.

    Update from the Cocagi Project

    Update from the Cocagi Project

    This year as you may remember, we have funded the purchase of 4 hectares of land and 12,000 coffee plants and other seedlings for the female cooperative of Cocagi. 

    Since we visited them and met the Cooperative in June this year, there are have been some updates that we wanted to share with you, after all, your purchase is making this wonderful opportunity possible for this community!

    They have since completed the transactions of the purchase of the land which is now all secured on behalf of Co-operative leader Anna-Marie. Now they have successful acquired the land, the team are busy preparing the ground so it is ready for planting in the wet season.

    The next project the group is focussed on is securing the 12,000 coffee seedlings so they will be ready to plant shortly alongside maintaining and managing the other fruit plantations currently established on the 4 hectares. This allows them to earn income while the coffee crop is being established.

    The Cocagi Femme lead farmers are also undergoing extensive training during this time learning how to better manage the crops to get a higher yield and high quality coffee cherry. They have held both formal classroom training alongside practical sessions to learn best practices across:

    • Pruning
    • Stumping
    • Mulching and how to reuse all clippings to add valued nutrients the ground

    In the next quarter, we will see the members of Cocagi Femme continue to prepare the land and plant the seedlings as well as ongoing maintenance of the existing fruits. They will also continue their training to enhance the output and establish stronger sustainable farming practices.

    We will continue to update you on this wonderful project and we are very excited to take you on this journey. Thank you again to the team at Rainforest Alliance for working with us and the Cooperative to keep us updated on their progress.

    One Bean. One Cup. One Community.

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