MCA Agro exhibits Fazenda Mussinga at the main coffee fair in Angola

Within the scope of an Agro Social concept, MCA Agro, an MCA Group’s company, develops agricultural activity and promotes fair trade in the local community.

The planted area of coffee at Fazenda Mussinga is currently 120 HA and its planting program expects to reach 250 HA by the end of 2022 with more than 1,300,000 coffee plants. The coffee program promoted by the MCA Group is developed with the local community, estimating to distribute to small local farmers more than 1,000,000 coffee plants over the next 5 years. The business and social dimension of MCA Agro were the reason to be invited to participate in the main Angolan coffee fair, which took place at Centralidade do Kilamba, at the Venâncio de Moura Diplomatic Academy, held on November.

The theme of the event was Angolan Coffee Connecting the Cultures of the World. In a partnership between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Agriculture and Fisheries, within the scope of the diplomat’s day. On the first day, the official opening session, was chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teté António, and had the participation of several farmers dedicated to the cultivation of coffee and members of the National Coffee Institute (INCA).

MCA Agro attended with its brand FAZENDA MUSSINGA, which had the opportunity to display and exhibit its varieties of Arabica coffee (Mundo novo, red and yellow Catuai). Several political figures visited our booth, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs, diplomatic bodies established in Angola, national and foreign businessmen, representatives of academies, among others with curiosity about Angolan coffee.

During the event, producers had the opportunity to participate in a lecture on coffee production. The MCA Group was represented by Luís Sampaio, Fábio Pinheiro and Noémia Namweya. On the last day, MCA Agro, represented by Eunice Manuel, received the certificate of participation delivered by the Ambassador and Director of the Venâncio de Moura Diplomatic Academy, José Guerreiro Alves Primo.

MCA Agro

About 4 years ago, MCA Agro began selling products from the Fazenda Mussinga, and buying them from small farmers in the Comuna da Sanga region in Cuanza Sul. Products sold under the Fazenda Mussinga brand had a turnover of around 12M AOA in 2018, 29M AOA in 2019, 79M AOA in 2020 and an estimated turnover of approximately 130M AOA for the current year.

The annual growth in sales of products sold under the Fazenda Mussinga brand are the consequence of an ambitious plan for the development of crops installed on the Farm (pineapple, guava, passion fruit, pumpkin, rena potato, sweet potato, gindungo, among others), and of the relationship established with some workers in the region who saw – in the technical support provided by MCA Agro technicians and in the determination of a fair trade purchase policy – the reason to sustainably develop their productions in quality and quantity.

A Fazenda Mussinga in the Shaossi area had a strong impact on the population, proof of this are the more than sixty local workers hired and linked to MCA Agro and the nearly forty workers who provide occasional services on the farm and the approximately forty families of farmers who cooperate and help develop the project.

The Fazenda Mussinga has coffee cultivation as its main activity, currently with one hundred hectares planted and with the forecast of planting another one hundred and fifty hectares, by the end of 2022. This reality will allow the sustainability of the business and will contribute to the development of local employment, with a continuous cooperation with all small and medium-sized local farmers and the free delivery of more than one million coffee plants. Consequently, this will allow these farmers to sustainably complement the development of their traditional crops such as beans, maize, cassava and avocado.

This project, in addition to coffee, has a vast area of fruit and vegetables and, above all, stands out for its strong component of social responsibility.

To learn more about this project, read the MCA AGRO CASE STUDY