Bringing Opportunity to the Cradle of Coffee
Exporting the first quality coffee from the Republic of South Sudan
South Sudan is considered one of the cradles of coffee and is now one of the only places in the world where coffee still grows in the wild, thriving in a distinct, dry climate. However, 30 years of civil war had left their mark. When the Republic of South Sudan was founded in 2011, the coffee industry barely existed anymore. Nespresso was the first coffee company to enter South Sudan and export coffee to Europe.
Building a Future for Coffee Farming
Together with TechnoServe and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Cooperatives and Rural Development of the Republic of South Sudan, Nespresso set out to revive high-quality coffee production by expanding its AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program to include the young country.
The coffee industry needs to be rebuilt: trees must to be replanted, smallholder farmers require basic access to inputs and technical support and the infrastructure to support coffee commercialization needs to be developed.
Today, more than 500 coffee farmers from the Yei region are participating in the program. Three cooperatives and three wet mills have been established since 2013. They serve to improve the quality of the coffee and to make the farmers’ work easier. The farmers also receive regular training, where they learn about best-practice cultivation methods.
In 2015, Nespresso exported a first load of the new Grand Crus SULUJA ti SOUTH SUDAN to Europe – the first commercial coffee export from South Sudan in more than 30 years.
“I have seen that there is great change within the community. We want to produce the right quality. People now have hope. We will be able to pay school fees for children and in the end develop the country”
Facts and Stats
The program in numbers
- 500 participating farmers
- By the end of 2015 three cooperatives, three wet mills as well as two coffee plant nurseries had been established
- Between 2011 and 2013 Nespresso invested CHF 700,000 into the project; in the coming years a total of CHF 2.5 million are to be invested in the region
- First commercial coffee export from South Sudan in more than 30 years
- In the indigenous language Kakwa SULUJA ti SOUTH SUDAN means ‘Beginning of South Sudan