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Ethiopia Gomma Abalulesa Natural



New Jersey
Two brothers - Mustefa and Musa Abalulessa
Koye Farm
Gomma District, Oma Fontule Woreda
2 (with staff)

Koye Farm is a gem within Western Ethiopia’s Gomma District (near Agaro) and the larger Oromia region. But don’t take our word for it – just ask the many government and non-governmental agricultural partners who trust the farm’s owner, Mustefa Abalulessa Abagibe, to carefully harvest and process cherry down to high quality seed that is then distributed to highland farmers the region over. When touring Mustefa’s facility one can marvel at the rows and rows of dried parchment (seeds) covered in fine ash to inhibit mold growth while in storage before planting. Several years ago Mustefa and his brother Musa began farming for green bean export, Crop to Cup being their first buyer. You may also find yourself marveling at just how Mustefa came to this land in the first place. Before much of the undergrowth was cleared to farm coffee (dense tree coverage remains for shade growing), this jungle parcel at almost 7,000 ft elevation was a hideout for Mustefa’s father, Abalulessa, a guerilla fighting against The Derg - the oppressive military government of the time. Having failed to capture him and lost soldiers trying, the government turned to the local community with a bounty. His health deteriorating and near death, Abalulessa turned to an old friend and, as thanks for nursing him through his final months, told him to tell the government he had killed him, and thus benefit from the bounty. Abalulessa died in 1977 (when Mustefa was two) and as part of an amnesty and reconciliation program, the government gave the land of the current farm to Mustefa’s family, which he now farms (along with another plot 7km away) with Musa.

    2018 Keta Maduga Income, Cost and Profit Distribution (an example)                 On average farmers in Africa only expect to capture 61% of export income. This is due to poor outturns, export inefficiencies and the number of middle-men small farmers required to get smallholder coffees to market. In Latin America the average capture is 87%, showing incredibly efficient export processes (13% cost and loss), and ...
Ignorant Impressions Ethiopia 2017 Jake Elster, Crop to Cup Coffee Importers              You are only allowed to be ignorant once, so you better make the most of it. Ignorance is an incredible state to be in for experiencing new people and places. If you don’t know, you don’t have any choice but to take each person and idea as novel, as if it were new. The downside to adulting is that you aren’t often allowed to ...
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