Green Gold cooperative exports first coffee container to European market

MMR Coffee to MalongoThe Green Gold cooperative has exported its first container of selected coffee to the European market on 12 October.
This represents an important milestone for the community of farmers in southern Shan State which has made important strides in the production and sale of coffee. It also represents a positive development in the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) efforts to offer farmers a sustainable livelihood alternative to opium poppy cultivation.
Since its creation in 2015, Green Gold, which now comprises 968 farmers, has worked together with UNODC to acquire knowledge and expertise about the coffee business, create coffee nurseries, establish sustainable plantations and identify markets and buyers.
As a result, by the end of 2017, the cooperative signed a 5-year partnership agreement with French company Malongo for the commercialisation of its harvests under fair-trade conditions.
The 2018 harvest came from 60 villages across Loilem, Hopong and Ywangan townships. In one community, Pan Lim, the coffee was of such a high quality that Malongo agreed to pay a price of US$8.00 per kilogram of green coffee beans – double the market average in Myanmar.
With the support of donors (governments of Finland, Germany and Switzerland), partners, and UNODC, Green Gold is currently taking steps to have its own processing infrastructure for its next harvest, which will allow it to control additional steps in the value chain of coffee production.
UNODC has also supported farmers’ obtainment of land ownership certificates, women’s access to land ownership and forestry education. It will continue to undertake efforts to achieve goals set in the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda: poverty reduction, hunger relief, sustainable and inclusive growth, gender equality and the promotion of peace, justice and strong institutions.—GNLM

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