Prior to establishment of the Union on 1st April 2007, the organization operated as Smallholder Coffee Authority. (A Government Parastatal Organization)
The Authority worked from 1979 to 1999, then transformed itself into Smallholder Coffee Farmers Trust between 1999 and 2007.
Coffee growing however started in the early 1930’s during the colonial rule.
The Union comprises of the following:
There are 6 Cooperatives, Misuku hills in Chitipa district, Phoka hills in Rumphi district, Viphya North in Rumphi, Nkhatabay Highlands, South East Mzimba and Ntchisi East.
The number of coffee growers range between 2600 and 3000.
– Operating a commercial farm
– Operating a coffee Den
– Operating a Coffee Suites
– Operating any other income generating activities
The Union is guided by the following:
Leaders in achieving Quality Life for Malawian Smallholder Coffee Farmers.
World Class Producers, Processors and Marketers of Specialty and Certified coffees through Sustainable Coffee Cooperatives and Sustainable coffee based farming systems.
The Union focuses on the following Goals:
To reach 1000mt of green beans coffee by 2019/20 from smallholder and Commercial farm
To ensure self-sustainability of all Cooperatives by 2019/20.
To achieve average gross earning by coffee growers of 1000 USD per year from at least 1000 trees of coffee that are well managed.
To ensure all our growers plant trees, practice soil and water conservation measures practice use of organic manure, practice rain harvest technology and plant cover crops in the coffee fields.
Up to 95% of all our coffees are exported, the domestic market enjoys 5% of our coffee.
The Union networks with the following organizations:
The Union is still in its development stages. The Union will continue working on continuous improvement so that members are serviced professionally.
Economic empowerment of our Smallholder Coffee growers remains Our Main Goal.