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Entering the organic export market

This publication is sponsored by: ICCO and EPOPA, Authors: Freek Jan Koekoek, Marg Leijdens, Gerbert Rieks







The aim of this Agrodok is to provide smallholder farmers’ organisations and similar groups with the information that they need to decide whether organic export marketing activities might be right for them and what they need to do to… Continue

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The coffee market starts to be technically oversold (?)



Cat and mouse

Comment, 23 de September, Jos Algra



The first signal of a weakening market last Friday materialised and the NY C Price plummeted this week. For the moment the support level at 180 is holding, although squeaking, and the market starts to be technically oversold, which could lead to a new price rise. Roasters are using the moments when the market gets close to 180 to fix contracts and the stops have now moved up to… Continue

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Within high differentials: Sell or wait?

Who calls pays

Comment, 17 September, Jos Algra




A rule I learned when exporting coffee. If you are in need to sell coffee you will have to lower your price in the negotiation and, the other way around, if the buyer has an… Continue

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Women in War torn Northern Uganda fight back to promote biodiversity









2009-07-01 / Bernie Hewett / Lira District in Northern Uganda




Biodiversity promotion through the responsible use of resources.









One way to promote biodiversity is to find ways to make a living from natural ecosystems which minimizes disturbance to the natural systems. A forest environment can yield many opportunities for income generation from products which do not involve cutting the trees down. Products from such… Continue

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Coffee nearly touched the ceiling of 200

Progreso Network will publish a weekly analysis about trends and prices of coffee from the consultant Jos Algra… Continue

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Coffee prices hit 13-year high . Coffee analysis

Progreso Network will publish a weekly analysis about trends and prices of coffee from the consultant Jos… Continue

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Coffee Slides Most Since 2008 on Concern Economic Recovery is Faltering

Coffee declined the most in more than two years as a bigger-than-expected plunge in U.S. home sales stoked concern the economy may relapse…

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Uganda Reduces Coffee-Export Forecast After Drought

August 12, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

By Fred Ojambo

Source: Businessweek.



Aug. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Uganda, Africa’s biggest coffee exporter, reduced its shipment forecast for the third time in the 2009-10 season after a drought cut…

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Micro-Insurance: Helping farmers deal with disaster

The following is an article from the Leisa magazine, Volume 26 No 2, published in June 9 2010.

by: Thomas Loster




"Farmers need more than loans to sustain their business.Micro

insurance can help farmers avoid falling into poverty
traps because of disasters.…

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Making the most of agricultural investment: A survey of business models that provide opportunities for smallholders

By: Vermeulen, S. and Cotula, L., 2010, MAKING THE MOST OF

AGRICULTURAL INVESTMENT: A SURVEY OF BUSINESS MODELS THAT PROVIDE

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SMALLHOLDERS, IIED/FAO/IFAD/SDC, London/Rome/Bern.

ISBN: 978-1-84369-774-9

Copyright: FAO, 2010






....."this report examines a range of business , models that can be used to structure agricultural investments in… Continue

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Sourcing Local Capital: Local resources: Great

The following is an article from the Leisa magazine, Volume 26 No 2, published in June 9 2010.

Text by Alfred Lawko



'"The rural poor have no easy access to loans and grants from commercial banks or financial structures, because they lack collateral and modern business plans. But there is a lot of capital in rural areas that could be used to invest in farming. This is a case study of micro finance from Uganda."…



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Thinking beyond credit

The following is an article from the Leisa magazine, Volume 26 No 2, published in June 9 2010.

Text and photos by: Jan Douwe van der Ploeg.

Professor of rural sociology at Wageningen University, the Netherlands



"Credit is often seen as an indispensable vehicle for the poor to get out of poverty, or as the tool that allows…
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Money for farming: Everybody benefits from financial products for small-scale farmers

The following is an article from the Leisa magazine, Volume 26 No 2, published in June 9 2010.

by: Petra Rooijakkers



Money for farming not only means access to credit, but also access to other financial products and services. Small-scale farmers can also benefit from being able to insure themselves against risk and being able to save. When it comes to money, there is a gap between what small-scale farmers need and what they have access to. But this…
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Contract Farming Checklist : A tool on reflection of critical issues in contract farming arrangements in developing countries

The document is a useful tool from the point of view of the investor developed by the University Wageningen, ICCO and EVD.



For a quick brief of what the document contains : "Investors that plan to work with contract farming in developing countries face opportunities and risks. Investment proposals are frequently based on optimistic assumptions without thoroughly analyzing the probabilities that things may go out of hand. In this checklist we list…
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Added by Progreso Network on August 3, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Coffee Market Update Report by Richard Hide (Twin Trading)

Note on this report: Richard Hide is producing it as part of the Twin African Market Representative Agency/JMI initiative. While the markets are so volatile this Blog will be updated a couple of times a week.



Wednesday, 21 July 2010



The markets closed sharply down last… Continue

Added by Progreso Network on July 26, 2010 at 9:49am — No Comments

The Coffee Guide : Contracts

The ITC (International Trade Center) has available THE COFFEE GUIDE. This is written for use by growers, processors, traders, exporters, coffee associations and people engaged in transport, finance, quality control, certification and other related sectors in coffee… Continue

Added by Progreso Network on July 6, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

EXPORT COACHING PROGRAM NATURAL INGREDIENTS: Food, Pharmaceuticals & Cosmetics

Objective: The aim of this Export Coaching Program (ECP) is to assist producers and exporters of natural ingredients in developing countries in entering the European market and establishing sustainable trade relationships with European buyers. This program is conducted by the Center for the Promotion of Imports from…
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Added by Progreso Network on July 6, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Coffee: World Markets and Trade

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Added by Progreso Network on June 24, 2010 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Business management assistance from European corporate professionals





SharePeople offers business management assistance and technical assistance to producer associations, unions, cooperatives and business development service providers in Peru, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, India and the Philippines.



SharePeople connects you with (a) European corporate professional(s) who will work on your location for a period of 2 to 6 weeks on your… Continue

Added by Progreso Network on June 18, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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