Green coffee gets cheaper and what does it mean for Ethiopia.
Green coffee prices decreased by 35% since 2015. As a result, coffee farmers in Ethiopia and in other coffee producing countries earn as well 35% less. With already very low earnings, this is dramatic for them. Even small price premiums which are paid by Fairtrade programs do not solve this fundamental problem and the contries´ dependency on farming.
What helps is roasting and processing by coffee producing countries. It does not mean that coffee farmers are automatically better paid, but it creates additional better paid jobs that are independent from the fluctuation of the world coffee prices.
At Solino in Addis Ababa we have already 120 employees that got jobs at the roastery, the printing house or as technicians. This means overall approx. 60% more value for Ethiopians when compared to selling the raw green coffee. The German SPIEGEL magazine summarizes our project very well (at the end of the article).
From the proceeds of the exported coffee, the roastery in Addis Ababa invested in packaging machines and printers from Germany. This means, such developmenent has also a positive impact for German suppliers.
Our objective is to hire 1000 employees until 2023 and to increase our current volume of 100 tons in 2018 to 1000 tons. To achieve this we have invested heavily in 2018 and will continue in the years ahead. If our project succeeds, also other companies will invest in food processing in Ethiopia: Tea, honey, sesam and fish are good examples of products that can be processed at the origin.
Many thanks to all our supporters, trade partners and consumers for the last years. We wish you all a happy new year 2019.