We have been working with Long Mile Coffee Project since 2015 and this project is one that we are extremely excited about.
Trees for Kibira is a reforestation project with the aim of planting 15,000 seedling trees in Burundi's Kibira Forest. This will renew life to the region, and with the support of a Forest Scouts programme, empower the community with the skills to care for Kibira for generations to come.
By establishing new green belts which wrap around and through the coffee producing communities of Kayanza; the project will simultaneously build soil health and bolster the microclimates against the predicted temperature change the region will see in future years.
Long Miles said it best “Burundi coffee is the Cinderella of the coffee world: hidden, misused, misunderstood, and neglected. Since the Belgian first started planting coffee in Burundi in the 1960’s, producers have used the landlocked African country only to produce commodity grade coffee.” The amazing coffees from this area have been lost to poor production and defective coffee. The Long Miles Project has been enhancing the quality of coffee, reducing defects and creating a higher yield which all trickles directly back into the hands of the farmers!