Biira's Farm and the Bukonzo Organic Farmers Co-operative
Biira grows organic coffee at her farm 1,200 metres above sea level in Kamughobe, Kisinga in western Uganda, a coffee that is new to Level Ground. She joined the Bukonzo Organic Farmers Co-operative (BOCU) and became certified in good agronomical practices (GAPS), alongside her Fair Trade certification. Through BOCU, she has attended various training sessions, seminars and travelled to learn about better farm management and agricultural standards.
How Does Fair Trade Help Biira
With the premiums earned from her coffee and co-op sales, she has been able to expand her 200-coffee tree farm to also include bananas and bees, to help the coffee trees when they’re in the flowering stage. She has been able to pay school fees for her children, post-secondary school for some of her children, house improvements and has even taught her children about the coffee farming process, so the farm can stay in the family for future generations and income.