Freeport-McMoRan Invests in Indigenous-Owned Organic Coffee Cooperative
July 12, 2019 — For nearly 20 years, PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI), a Freeport-McMoRan company, has sponsored a coffee farmer collective in Papua, Indonesia. Known as Amungme Gold, the coffee has been farmed and processed by indigenous Amungme farmers under the guidance of Freeport-McMoRan’s entrepreneur business program to meet growing demand from consumers.
PTFI, through its Community Affairs Department, has a Highland Agriculture Development program through which the Amungme Gold Cooperative is managed. The organic coffee beans are cultivated using chemical-free fertilizers. Once the beans are harvested in the mountainous Highlands of Papua, they are flown to the Lowlands for processing. Harvest yields have been increasing annually: in 2014 harvests amounted to 1,278 kilograms; in 2016 they had increased to 3,478 kilograms; and by 2018 they surged to 5.6 tons. Monthly revenue is also steadily rising.
The cooperative increases the income and welfare of its members and provides low-interest loans, financial education and management skills to coffee farmers and processors. The coffee is marketed and sold in Papua, Indonesia.
Amungme Gold coffee is now a member of All-Indonesia Coffee Association.
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