Supporting DR Congo coffee communities ravaged by floods

Raw Common Coffee Bean
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Published May 12, 2023

Tridge summary

Daily Coffee News by Roast magazine provides essential only news and resources for specialty coffee professionals. Daily Coffee News covers coffee news from seed to cup, including stories on coffee origin, imports, exports, logistics, supply chains, sustainability, retail, baristas, roasting and consumer trends.

Original content

[Editor’s note: Click here to jump straight to On the Ground’s donation page.] Back-to-back heavy rains on May 2 and May 4 triggered flash flooding and landslides in eastern DR Congo, as well as in parts of Rwanda and western Uganda. The villages of Bushushu and Nyamukubi, in Kalehe territory, South Kivu province, DR Congo, were hit particularly hard. According to the administrator of Kalehe, the official human toll in the region was over 400 dead, over 5,000 missing, and over 100,000 internally displaced people, as of May 9. Compounding the catastrophe while making identification and recovery efforts more difficult was the fact that Bushushu’s market day, when the population typically doubles, was on May 4, during the worst of the flooding. Several coffee cooperatives — including Muungano, SOPACDI, and Kalehe Arabica Coffee Cooperative (KACCO) — sit along the western shores of Lake Kivu and had members who were personally impacted. The Congolese government and NGOs have sent ...
By clicking “Accept Cookies,” I agree to provide cookies for statistical and personalized preference purposes. To learn more about our cookies, please read our Privacy Policy.