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Last week, CBI (The Netherlands Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries) showed a delegation of 18 Rwandan coffee producers, who were in the Netherlands, the way to Europe’s lucrative specialty coffee market.

CBI guided these exporting organizations from Rwanda in the coffee industry towards successful business relations with European clients. The program of last week was an introduction to meet European rules and regulations and take steps to get certification to become a successful exporter to European markets.

The program in the Netherlands is part of the 4 year program and has the goal to develop a high value, sustainable specialty coffee export sector in Rwanda that can do independently business in EU markets.

Rwandan coffee producers.

What is CBI’s role in this project?

  • 4 year company + sector coaching by different international and local coffee specialists;
  • Training and coaching on:
  1. EU market segments, market developments and EU legal and buyer requirements;
  2. Your product readiness, market proposition and your supporting internal processes;
  3. Quality and cupping to recognize specialty coffee;
  4. Market entry preparation, participation and follow-up.
  • Assistance in what certification is suitable to your market entry strategy and coaching to obtain the certification you need;
  • Assistance with CSR implementation;
  • Invitations to join in the CBI Rwanda booth at different international trade fairs in 2021 and 2022;
  • An Export Market Awareness Mission to the European market early in the program.

Special attention will be paid to the following subjects in the Rwanda coffee sector: youth employment, gender equality, climate change, efficient and effective multi-crop farm management and blockchain.

The Rwandan participants have been selected based on the following criteria:

  • A pro-active and flexible attitude;
  • Commitment to the activities and external coaching for 4 years;
  • Commitment and sufficient time investment to the tailor made action plan for the company;
  • Ambition and motivation to take the next step with the company;
  • Willingness and ability to invest in the company and in international market entry;
  • Commitment to share on a yearly basis the EU export growth and employment growth.

About CBI

The Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI) is part of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and contributes to sustainable and inclusive economic development in developing countries through the expansion of exports from these countries.

Rwandan coffee producers that participated in the program last week in the Netherlands:

  • Abahuzamugambi ba Kawa Maraba Cooperative
  • Abakundakawa Rushashi Cooperative
  • ENAS – ETS
  • Koakaka Cooperative
  • MICOF Mibirizi Coffee and Foodstuffs
  • Misozi Coffee Company
  • Motherland Farmers
  • Muhondo Coffee Company
  • Nova Coffee Rwanda (Washing Station)
  • Nyamurinda Coffee Growers
  • RCCF
  • Rwashoscco
  • Sake Farm
  • Sustainable Growers Rwanda
  • Teuscher Invest Ltd (Kivubelt Coffee)
  • Tropic Coffee Company
  • Unguka Muhinzi
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