Today we had the pleasure of hosting representatives from United Nations agencies, World Food Programme (WFP), and The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), in addition to representatives from the Project for Rural Income through Exports (PRICE) institution at our Mushubati Coffee washing station.
Both agencies work to achieve greater national and regional market access for smallholder farmers such as ourselves. As an agricultural cooperative located in rural Rwanda, working with agencies such as WFP and IFAD are vital to improving our efficiency and expanding our capacity. The significance of the visit was compounded by the presence of the mayor of Rutsiro district Emérence Ayinkamiye, who was also in attendance. We also had the pleasure of hosting volunteers from our long-term partners United Nations Association International Service who assisted us in giving a warm welcome to our distinguished guests. Our colleagues continued their valuable work regarding brand promotion for KOPAKAMA, performing the original theme song they had written as part of a KOPAKAMA music video. This is part of a continued effort to build upon the vital work our partner companies Misozi and Joint Marketing Initiative (JMI), does in promoting our brand internationally.
We were pleased to present to WFP and IFAD our recent successes regarding the achievement of FairTrade and level C Rainforest Alliance certification, in addition to our drive towards organic certification. The purpose of yesterdays visit was part of United Nations United States Rwanda 2018 (UNUSR18) visit, examining the achievements of the cooperatives that have been supported by IFAD via the PRICE institution.
We’re extremely happy to say that the agencies were impressed with our development since their last visit and although they were unable to disclose the exact figures, they confirmed that we were amongst their best performing recipients.
After this excellent news, the presentations were followed by tours of firstly our washing station and secondly our Dry Mill in Rubengera where the agencies had the opportunities to meet our valued staff.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the agencies for their visits, as well as the volunteers from the United Nations International Service for their continued efforts!