From Traditional Roots to Urban Trends: Southeast Asia’s Coffee Renaissance

Wahana Lingkungan Hidup Indonesia (WALHI) has launched the Coffee Field School in West Sumatera, Indonesia, to empower coffee farmers amidst the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and El Nino. The initiative, Kopi Rakyat, the People’s Coffee, aims to improve soil quality, preserve the environment, reduce costs from chemical fertilizers, and increase income from selling organic coffee. The Coffee Field School focuses on seed cultivation, organic fertilizers, pest control, and market stability. WALHI’s programs prioritize organic farming, using cost-effective organic fertilizers that improve soil fertility, drought resistance, and production efficiency. The adoption of natural fertilizers has led to a noticeable enhancement in coffee quality, contributing to the environment and community well-being. The program also educates farmers on the economic systems, trade, distribution, and marketing of coffee products. WALHI aims to attract investments to elevate the quality of coffee and achieve the coveted ‘Specialty’ recognition.

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