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Mjunguli, R. 2006. Organic coffee from Kilimanjaro. p. 89-93. In KIT. (ed.) Chain empowerment: Supporting African farmers to develop markets. KIT, Faida MaLi, IIRR, Amsterdam.

Number of pages: 4

Type of document: Book section

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Language of document: English

Title in English: Organic coffee from Kilimanjaro

Abstract / summary in English:

Volatile prices, high input costs, high overhead costs, unhappy coop members – these are problems familiar to many cooperative managers. The managers of the Kilimanjaro Native Cooperative Union (KNCU) knew they had to do something to stop even more of the union’s members from selling the coffee they
had produced to private buyers rather than to the coop.
KNCU’s solution? Go organic. The organic and fair trade markets offer better prices than the regular coffee market. But penetrating these markets is not simple: they have strict conditions, and it is necessary to develop linkages with different players.