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The EAFCA price risk management courseOn the 23rd of October 2009, a total of 12 students graduated from the Eastern African Fine Coffees Association (EAFCA) Centre of Excellence after completing a week long training course on the management of risk as trainers of trainers and 3 qualified as master trainers by the World Bank.

The students included coffee stakeholders from the EAFCA various member countries such as Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi.

The Price Risk Management for Coffee course will be run by EAFCA as part of training and capacity building programme for its members within the EAFCA Coffee Quality Institute

Prosper Merimee Bigirindavyi (Sogestal Kirundo – Muyinga)  recieving his certificate from Leslie Omari (EAFCA Chairman), Roy Parizat (World Bank) & Susan McGee (COMPETE)

established this year. Price Risk Management for Coffee is the first course to be rolled out in the EAFCA Coffee Quality Institute (ECQI) based at the EAFCA secretariat Kampala, Uganda. The training has been supported by World bank-CRMG program and the COMPETE program under USAID.

The course aims at identifying risks within the supply chain and specific interventions for managing the risk. Participants will acquire the following skills to help them effectively manage risk in the coffee industry.

  1. Effectively monitor their risk positions throughout a season
  2. Understand the range of risk management strategies that can be utilized for controlling and mitigating risk on a dynamic basis
  3. Understand how price risk can be effectively managed in a coffee trading businesses
  4. Identify opportunities to assist coffee trading businesses in effectively managing price risk.

This course was designed by the Commodity Risk Management Group of the Agriculture and Rural Development of the World Bank. This course was developed using funding from the European Union’s All ACP Agricultural Commodities Programme.


Zambia best coffee shineOn the 11th to 20th October 2010, EAFCA in partnership with CQI rolled out the first Q-Grader training in Zambia & held the annual National Taste of Harvest Competition in Lusaka Zambia. The team consisting Mbula Musau assisting Jeremy Raths and Eric Taylor was hosted by Zambia Coffee Growers Association.

Q – Grader Trainings

The Q grader trainings held at Zambia Coffee Growers Association ran from Monday 11th October to 18th October 2010 and brought together seven participants from Japan, Zambia & South Africa.

CQI’s Q Coffee System plays a vital role in locating specialty coffees at origin and helps to improve those that have the potential to meet specialty standards. The effect is a common language between buyers and sellers that draws attention to more specialty coffees while creating an infrastructure that gives producers greater opportunities to enter the marketplace and to increase their economic viability.

Taste of Harvest

On the 20 October 2010, the Taste of Harvest Competition was held with a total of 5 coffee samples submitted from various areas of the country. The judges were:

  1. Dan Mukutuma
  2. Joseph Taguma
  3. Jeremy Raths – Head Judge
  4. So Tamai
  5. Teija Lublinkhof

The top three coffees were;

  1. Chisoba Farms, Grade AA 84.10
  2. Munali Coffee SL 28, Grade AA Pulp Natural 83.95
  3. Kapinga Enterprises SL 28 – Grade AA 82.10

The objective of EAFCA Taste of Harvest is to foster increased domestic and international awareness of the unique coffees produced in the member countries of Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, DRC, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe and to create a platform for exposure of these coffees to international buyers/importers/traders, roasters and consumers.

The coffee club was held on Wednesday afternoon at Portico Italian Restaurant in Lusaka.This luncheon was cordially sponsored by the Zambia Coffee Growers Association, ZCGA.

Zambia’s EAFCA Chapter Chair, Mr. Benny Zimba awarded certificates to the participants as well as the winning TOH coffee samples.


2abcThe Eastern African Fine Coffees Association (EAFCA) announces the completion of the 2nd Africa Barista Challenge ABC that took place in Arusha, Tanzania from 17th – 19th February 2011. Ishan Natalie, the 2009 & 2010 National champion from South Africa emerged the winner with 51% score, followed closely by Catherine Maringi from Kenya who took second place with 50%. In third place was Mark Okutta from Uganda and in 4th and 5th place were Syriah Mwanza from Zambia and Asmah Juma from Tanzania.

This competition was the second of its kind in Africa and a major highlight of the 8th African Fine Coffee Conference & Exhibition. The event was organised by the Eastern African Fine Coffees Association Secretariat (EAFCA) in collaboration with the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI – USA) The main equipment and cash sponsor was La Marzocco, Italy. Read more

World BankFrom the 9th to 12th May, EAFCA in partnership with the World Bank delivered the Coffee Price Risk Management Training to 23 participants in Rwanda at the Hotel Chez Lando.

On the ground, logistics were handled by the Rwanda Coffee Development Authority (OCIR CAFÉ). The trainings that have been carried throughout the EAFCA chapters receives its funding from the European Union’s All ACP Agricultural Commodities Programme (AAACP),

The All ACP Agricultural Commodities Programme (AAACP) is a development investment funded by the European Commission with the objective to improve incomes and livelihoods for producers from agricultural commodities and to reduce income vulnerability at both producer and macro levels. Read more