Burundi is a small, landlocked country in East Africa. Depending on the metrics employed, it ranks amongst the poorest nations in the world. Having spent a fair amount of time in Burundi, the team at Necessary thinks this nation, which is roughly a quarter the size of the state of Pennsylvania, has far more riches than can be measured by GDP per capita. Burundi is a vibrant, beautiful country, with beautiful people, culture, and coffee! This fact does not, however, take away from the economic realties and hardships faced in the country. For this reason, Necessary has teamed up with a coffee producer that is paying more to farmers than anyone else in this stunning country.
In some countries coffee farmers grow, process, and sell their own coffee. In many East African countries, and elsewhere, coffee farmers deliver coffee fruit to a producer who will process the fruit, turning it into the exportable product we know and love. We have partnered with one such producer who is not only paying incredibly high prices to farmers, but is also providing free agronomical support.