- Cooperative: Migoti Washing Station
- Organisation: Migoti
- Origin: Burundi
- Region: Migoti Mountain, Mutambu Commune, Bujumbura Province
CONNECTING LOCAL BURUNDIAN COFFEE FARMERS, THROUGH QUALITY COFFEE PROCESSING AND TRANSPARENT SUPPLY CHAINS
The Migoti Coffee Company works with smallholder farmers dispersed throughout the Migoti mountains overlooking Lake Tanganyika, in the Mutambu region of Western Burundi. In 2016 the Migoti coffee washing station was built within the Migoti Mountains to support coffee cherry purchasing and processing with the farmers in the region. This investment enables farmers to produce higher quality coffee and gain access to higher premiums and international markets.
The washing station is operated by a local team of ten permanent staff and over 250, mainly women, temporary workers who are employed during the coffee season from March to June. Migoti also assist farmers in good farming practices such as pruning and properly caring for coffee trees, intercropping, planting shade trees, utilizing green fertilizers, stabilizing soils and naturally controlling pests. The expectation is that by following best farming practices the farmers can increase the yields from their coffee trees by five-to ten-fold.
Omwani coffee are the Specialty coffee partner to Migoti and the smallholder producers of Mutambu. Their work in connecting East African coffee farmers to international markets enables producers to build direct, transparent and sustainable relationships with buying partners..