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Malawi Phoka Hills Women’s Coffee Washed

Origin Malawi /

Altitude 1300 - 2500 masl /

Crop Year 2018 /

Varietal Catimor 129 and several local varieties Geisha Nyika /

Product Code 6599

About Malawi Phoka Hills Women’s Coffee Washed

The area is located to the eastern part of Nyika National Park. Phoka Hills forms part of the Mzuzu Coffee Planters Cooperative Union. It is a democratic and empowered union of 3000 member farmers who have been growing coffee since 1930s.

Nearly 25% of the members are women and thanks to Fairtrade and their commitment to producing high-quality coffees, they have been able to provide good living conditions, food security and access to good quality education to every smallholder coffee farming family who forms part of the Cooperative.

Through the past years, they have been able to build their own washing stations, cupping laboratories and they count with trained cuppers in all zones and central cupping laboratory. They also have a central mill, hulling and storage facilities. Phoka Hills’ produces some outstanding coffees particularly from growers from Chakaka, Mphachi, Salawe, Junju and Vunguvungu. The area produces 14% of all the Coffee marketed by the Union while the number of growers is estimated at 14% of all growers. This particular lot is sourced from female producers. The project aims to support female producers by paying them directly for the coffee they produce! Traditionally, male family members (usually Husbands) will take control of all income generated through farming. Sadly earnings are often withheld from female family members, restricting basic economic freedom and access to basic goods and services. Female farmer members from the Mlere zone in Mzuzu comments: “Just selling our coffee separately has transformed our position in the family. From begging for money from our husbands, we are now equal partners.”

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About Malawi

Coffee was first introduced to Malawi by missionaries during the 1880s. During this time, commercial growing areas were mainly concentrated in Thyolo and Mulanje.

The coffee industry is now divided into Estates and Small holders. Most of the Estates don’t take coffee as their major crop, cultivating tea, macadamia and Tabacco as their major crops. Currently there are around 3000 small holder coffee farmers in Malawi. They are organized into 6 Cooperatives in different regions of Malawi: Misuku, Phoka, Viphya, North, Nkhatabay Highlands, South East Mzimba and Ntchisi East. This sector produces between 350 to 450 mt of coffee annually.

Under the small holder’s sector, more cooperatives can be promoted in order to cover new districts in Malawi. It is estimated that around 10000 to 20000 ha can be developed. Currently the country only produces 1500 mt of coffee per year but this can be increased to 20000 mt if further investments are made into the coffee growing industry.