The Karawa Coffee Project

Working with nearly 2,000 small-scale farmers, we seek to reduce extreme poverty, enhance food security, and develop sustainable agricultural practices through the revitalization of coffee production in northwest Congo.

Robusta coffee in northwest Congo

North and South Ubangi used to be major coffee production regions within D.R.Congo.  Due to the civil conflict and disease of the coffee trees, combined with a period of low prices (2000–2004), production in these provinces declined drastically. Logistics became almost impossible, traders no longer came to buy the crops due to low volumes, and processing capacity was largely destroyed in the civil unrest.  However,

  • coffee remains a strong preference of the farmers as a cash crop;
  • demand both in the internal market and internationally for Robusta coffee, the type produced around Karawa, is growing rapidly;
  • production costs are low compared to other Robusta producing countries.

Congo is identified in climate change models as one of the countries which is likely to have the best growing conditions (in the world) for coffee, looking 20–30 years ahead.