The Lao Upland Rural Advisory Service (LURAS) is a project of the Lao and Swiss Governments, implemented by the Department of Extension and Agro-Processing (DTEAP) and Helvetas. Starting in 2015, LURAS is helping farmers to improve their incomes and food security through sustainable agriculture and small enterprises. LURAS has been supporting the coffee producers in the Keoset cluster for the past three years.
The District Agriculture and Forestry Office (DAFO) of Khoun District supports the farmers in 52 villages, including provision of technical advice for crop production, livestock vaccination services and protection of forests. Staff of DAFO work closely with development initiatives such as LURAS to implement, coordinate and sustain the work of these projects.
Mueang Xieng Coffee is a young company that has been buying coffee from farmers in Xieng Khouang Province since 2012, mostly for supply to Saffron Coffee in Luang Prabang. The company has it’s own processing facilities and a large coffee nursery to support expansion of production. Meuang Xieng Coffee has been collaborating with LURAS to provide training to farmers in Keoset, and is now buying their beans at a premium price.
Comma Coffee is an independent coffee shop chain that operates in 4 locations in Vientiane. Since 2014, Comma has been offering premium coffee products and services to the local community. Comma Coffee has been cooperating with LURAS in a number of ways in an effort to support the Keoset community, including coffee roasting, product packaging and professional cupping sessions. As the only organisation to host training in Laos certified by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA), Comma has been an important source of advice on quality improvement.
The Bolaven Plateau Coffee Producers Cooperative (CPC) represents nearly 2,000 families growing coffee in 55 villages in the South of Laos. As the leading farmer-managed coffee enterprise in the country, CPC is an important source of expertise. Members of the cooperative have provided training and advice to the farmers in Keoset to help them improve production and processing skills.
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