NAME OF ORGANISATION:   Association des Groupements de Producteurs de Café du Plateau des Bolovens / Bolaven Plateau Coffee Producers Groups Association
 
         
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  NAME OF HEAD:   Mr. Bounthong THEPKAISONE, President  
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  NAME OF CONTACT PERSON:  

Mr. Chansamone LOMANY, General Manager, M: (+856)-(020) 2227 0666

 
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  CONTACT ADDRESS:  
C/o Bolovens Project, PO Box 614 – Pakse, Champasack Province, Lao PDR.
T/F: (+856)-(031) 214 126, E:agpcbolovens@gmail.com


 
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  BACKGROUND:  

Thanks to the French cooperation through its agency AFD, and with the support of the Lao government (Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry - MAF); the Bolaven Plateau Coffee Producers’ Groups Association or AGPCwas legally created on August 7th in 2007.
AGPC is a coffee producer’s organization that gathers together 2,650 families divided into 56 groups. These households represent about 20% of the Bolaven Plateau coffee farmers’ families.

About 60% of these villagers live below the poverty threshold. Therefore, these producers organized themselves in groups in order to increase the value-added of their produce and to fight against all forms of exploitation.


 
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  VISION:   Strong, sustainable and professional producers’ organization that would effectively contribute to coffee smallholders’ social and economic development.  
  MISSION:  

As a coffee producers association, AGPC has the mission to provide technical and commercial support to its members with the aim of increasing its members’ income by including them in a responsible value chain.



 
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  MAIN GOAL:  
To contribute to the improvement of living conditions of coffee smallholders in Champasack province by including them in a responsible value chain in order for them to play an active role in the social and economic development of their communities.
 
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MAIN ACITIVITIES:
 


AGPC staff provides to its members:

1). Financial support in the form of loans, without interest, in order to enable farmers to sell their produce at a higher price. It is also a way to avoid the exploitation system by local middlemen who also buy farmers’ crops in the form of loans but at a selling price that is set at the loans disbursement and which is usually equivalent to half the average market price.
2). Facilities: In order to meet its targets in terms of high quality coffee production and markets development (domestic and international), AGPC carried out the construction of 40 wet-processing centers in 2007- 2008. Then, in 2009, AGPC built a fully-fledged coffee factory that can produce sorted grade green coffee for export and roasted quality coffee for the domestic market.
3). Technical and organizational trainings in agronomy (ex: wet processing to obtain high quality coffee), organic farming (for certification), accountancy, governance (organizing general assemblies within each group)…
4). Promotion and commercial support to enable the members to sell their produce at a higher price (on both national and international markets) and to be include in a responsible value chain through the fair trade network (Flo-Cert). AGPC also monitors international coffee prices and marketing trends in order to disseminate information to its members.



 
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OBJECTIVES:
 

As a non-profit organization, AGPC has 3 specific objectives:

1). To represent the coffee farmers of the Bolaven Plateau at the government level, within the bodies of
       the coffee supply chain at domestic and international levels, and for all activities related to coffee.
2). To provide technical assistance to its members in all aspects of coffee production.
3). To support its membersin allactivities related to coffee marketing and promotion.

Within the framework of these objectives, AGPC implements activities in order to:
1). Ensure the production of high quality coffee to be exported to “niche” markets (Organic, fair trade and
      “gourmet”).
2). Develop its sales on domestic market for roasted quality coffees.
3). Promote the image of high-quality Lao coffee for a sustainable development of the local economy.



 
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  PRIMARY BENEFICIARIES:  
 Direct beneficiaries: AGPC is a coffee producer’s organization that gathers together 2,650 families
     divided into 56 groups. These households represent about 20% of the Bolaven Plateau coffee
     farmers’ families.
 Indirect beneficiaries: Thanks to the fair-trade Premium, which enables the groups to invest in
     education, healthcare, farm improvements or processing facilities, the whole community of each
      village benefits from the coffee sales through AGPC?



 
  ACTIVE IN SECTORS   Coffee business (Fair-trade and organic certified production), Training/Capacity building and Networking.  
  ACTIVE IN PROVINCES
  Champasack.