"Congo: potential to be 1 of the greatest stories in coffee - takes collective effort" @NettlecatX of @squaremile
It takes the collective effort of everyone in the industry to get the Congolese coffee sector on its feet. Since they gained their independence from Belgium in the 1960’s, infrastructure and trade has been in decline and was nearly destroyed following the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Never ending conflicts and violence forced many farmers to leave, abandoning their homes and coffee plantations. The pioneers who went in there between five and ten years ago had little to start with. No infrastructure, a fragmented leadership, few resources available, neglected farms, derelict washing stations, loss of skilled workforce and management, and no access to finance. Resistance, mistrust and dishonourable intentions at both local and national levels had to be overcome and continue to be a challenge today.