In this guest post, Nicolas Mounard, Managing Director of Twin & Twin Trading discusses a recent trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo that illustrated the powerful impact investing in female farmers can have.
Last summer, I accompanied a group of coffee buyers to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Above all the accounts I heard from coffee farmers (both appalling and inspiring), one moment stuck in my mind. I was visiting a women’s committee to see how they were spending the 2 cents premium per lb of coffee that Twin negotiates on their behalf. Continue reading
Continuing our video series from the climate negotiations in Cancun last December, Charles Mushizi from the Centre d’Echanges pour des Reformes Juridique et Institutionelle (CERJI) discusses the current situation of the agricultural sector in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
While agriculture in the DRC is underinvested in, Mushizi believes that agriculture has the potential to boost the economic status of the country, and that it could tackle hunger not only in the DRC but in the rest of Africa too.
Speaking at the COP16 climate negotiations in Cancun, he urges farmers in the DRC to take action, for it is they who must make changes to be able to cope with future changes in the climate.