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Rwanda Coffee Farmer Traceability 2018.

April 4.   GeoCertify is teaming up with our friends at BufCoffee and Misozi for the 2018 Rwanda Coffee Farmer Traceability Project.

We’ll trace coffee from independent coffee farmers in Rwanda through the supply chain to specialty cafés and retailers around the world.

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Case Study Ethiopia: How GeoCertify "Scaled Up"

The coffee industry in Ethiopia is changing dramatically, but much coffee is still traded through the ECX (Ethiopia Commodity Exchange). A commodity exchange is a basic market structure, and a traceability solution should be able to handle it.

Despite its benefits, a commodity exchange presents challenges for traceability. Any given unit of a product is considered equivalent to any other unit in the same classification, so the producer identity is discarded when a product enters the exchange. For the specialty coffee industry, this presented a major problem--the many certification programs such as Fair Trade and RFA, for example, could not certify coffee traded through such a system.

From 2011 through 2013, GeoCertify worked with Starbucks and the ECX to implement traceability for Ethiopian coffee without compromising the function of the market. From 12,000 bags the first year and 50,000 the next, we handled a quarter million bags in 2013. That broke our conventional "relational database," and we started rebuilding from the ground up. Now we're "scaled up" to the volume of the global coffee markets, thinking in terms of billions of units and transactions without breaking a sweat.