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Bijumon Kurian, MD-Plantrich, Speaks to Global Coffee Report

Bijumon Kurian, MD-Plantrich, Speaks to Global Coffee Report (The intelligent magazine for the global coffee industry) A community-led project has empowered smallholder farmers and transformed livelihoods in the Indian state of Kerala. Kerala is well known around the world as one of India’s most intriguing and popular states. While its beaches, food and culture draw masses of tourists to the area each year, to Indians its rich agricultural output has led it to be known as God’s own country. However, for many farmers [...]

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MASS Recent Producer Profile

FLO ID 19619 Fairtrade certified since 2009 Number of members 1628 Smallholders 1.6 hectares per farmer on average Area under production 889 hectares Growing practices 100% organic Coffee variety Robusta Parchment (meaning wet-processed), Robusta Cherry (dry-processed), Arabica (wet-processed) and Arabica Cherry (dry-processed) Coffee quality Mild and low acidity, exotic full-bodied taste, fine aroma Harvest December – February Introduction In 2008, recognizing the difficulties in farming communities, Manarcadu Social Service Society embarked on their Fairtrade project to help more than 1000 small-scale and poor farmers. Today, Manarcadu Social Service Society (MASS) is a 1st grade organization, located in the Kottayam [...]

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BIOFACH – World’s leading Trade Fair

Plantrich @ Biofach 2015, Germany BIOFACH – World’s leading Trade Fair for Organic Food One has not to forget “The small farmers grow around 70% of the planet’s food which means 2 billion people dependent on small scale farming for their survival but same time 50% of the world’s hungry people are smallholding farmers”.  It’s a quite challenging to address it. Bijumon , MD, Plantrich. Organic is more than a label or certification: organic stands for quality and conviction – for the responsible use of [...]

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Bijumon Kurien – the agrarian entrepreneur…

He hails from Kottayam and has been part of the agrarian community since his childhood. At present Bijumon Kurian heads a firm that strives to supporting small farmers and help them live a better life. Bijumon has now been honoured with Fairtrade Fan Award, the first Indian recipient. The Fairtrade Fan award is instituted by the Fairtrade International, a Germany-based organisation. The organisation offers an alternative approach to conventional trade and is based on a partnership between producers and consumers. [...]

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