Fairtrade ANZ has welcomed Alang Daom Coffee Estate Inc. (Alang Daom) to the Fairtrade network of Pacific producer organisations.
This remote group of 1391 farmers is nestled amongst the forested mountains of the Tewae Siassi District, on the border of Morobe and Madang Provinces, in eastern Papua New Guinea.
Alang Daom was established in 1992, officially registered as a cooperative in 2014, and having now achieved Fairtrade certification, their next goal is to become organic certified.
Alang Daom’s motivation for gaining Fairtrade certification echoes the reasoning of many other producer organisations in Papua New Guinea; they formed to facilitate market access for isolated farmers and initiate community development in their region.
Harnessing this motivation, Alang Daom has already begun to plan how they will make the most of the benefits of Fairtrade certification. Their goals of upgrading coffee storage facilities and establishing a women-run guesthouse could be accelerated through the investment of Fairtrade Premium, and their strengthened governance practices have positioned them well to encourage the commitment of their members and pool resources for greater buying power.
Alang Daom has worked hard to establish a strong relationship with Lae-based exporter Niugini Coffee, Tea and Spice Company Ltd., and thanks to this initiative they are well positioned to start selling their coffee on Fairtrade terms. It seems that this cooperative has a bright future ahead. Welcome to the Fairtrade family, Alang Daom!