Roasters United’s Sourcing and Supporting projects are targeting objectives that are directly linked to quality improvement and/or building farmers resilience against and supporting adaptation to climate change effects.

2019, projects on the ground
Permata Gayo, Sumatra, Indonesien

Description, goals of the project:
Climate Change Adaptation Programm

Permata Gayo has been facing several challenges such as longer dry seasons, abnormal microclimate, soil erosion and low fertily thus resulting in a decrease in coffee production.

Within the frame of the Climate Change Adaptation Programm almost 30.000 seedlings have been distributed to farmers or are in the process of distributeion in 8 villages:

Fruit crops that have economic and conservation value; Woody plants to increase fertility and protect the coffee​ plants and timber plants that improve conservation and protection of the ground​.

The aim is to protect the soil from erosion, improve soil fertility, soil moisture, shade management, diversification of income for the producers and planting new coffee varieties to improve productivity and quality.

Amount allocated: 2571 EUR (approx. 2900 $US)
(The Climate Change Adaptation Project is co-financed with funds from Roasters Unied and Coop Coffees (together 75%) and the Fairtrade Premium (25%).)

Follow up, results:

During our visit to Permata Gayo in November 2019 part of the seedling have already been distributed and planted, others are still in the nursery to be planted in Q1 2020.

2018, projects on the ground
Aprolma, Marcala, Honduras

Description, goals of the project:
Construction of drying tent.
The objective of our support was to multiply the drying facilities for the womens cooperative in their central wet mill. Drying the coffee in a tent with African beds allows better and more stable drying. Also it is a lot easier to facilitate for the workers.

Amount allocated: 1860 EUR

Follow up, results:
Roasters United financed the construction of a drying tent, with four big tables.

2017, projects on the ground
Fondo Paez, Cauca, Colombia

Description, goals of the project:
Support the work done to increase the coffee quality and to promote the cooperative.
4 youth farmers from Fondo Paez have been selected from a pool of 30 applicants for their ability to taste coffee. On a voluntary basis, they have been involved in cupping and roasting samples, meeting each of the 28 groups of farmers from Fondo Paez once a year and participating twice a month to events to promote the cooperative.

Amount allocated: 1417.50 EUR

Follow up, results:
In order to sustain this work on long term, Roasters United financially supported the 4 youths for the extra work they give to the cooperative.

Taramesa & Shilicho (Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union), Sidamo, Ethiopia

Description, goals of the project:
Aerobic composting workshop.
In the light of changing climatic conditions preserving fertility, carbon and water storage capacities of arable soils is crucial for farmer livelihoods. However famers’ knowledge in producing compost is very limited and outdated. The objective of our support was to disseminate and multiply improved composting technologies on cooperative and farm level.

Amount allocated: 469 EUR

Follow up, results:
Roasters United co-financed compost fleece covers for aerobic composting on cooperative level.

2016, projects on the ground
Taramesa (Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union), Sidamo, Ethiopia

Description, goals of the project:
Construction of African Drying beds.
Contrasting on-farm drying which is mostly done on the bare ground, centralized drying on coop level allows controlled drying but requires more space and is done on elevated African Drying bed.

Amount allocated: 4000 EUR

Follow up, results:
Roasters United supported the construction of 15 Drying tables, in steel/wood frame construction.

Organic Wayanad /Vanamoolika Herbals, Pulpally, Wayanad, Kerala, India

Description, goals of the project:
Waste water treatment plant.
The wet processing of coffee cherries requires large quantities of water. Even in the lush green and humid West Ghats of India, in the dry season, water has become a limited resource. In the first years on conversion from dry to wet processing 5.000 litres of water were required per ton of red cherries.

Amount allocated: 826 EUR

Follow up, results:
With the construction of a 4-step water filtration and purification system, combined with two 60 m³ fresh water reservoirs, the fresh water demand could be reduced by 60-90 %. Yet deposing and composting of mucilage slurry remains a problem to be solved.