4 January 2019
Solomon Islands: Translating an early vision for a coffee project into a reality
Last December saw some 300 villagers from the Lo’onawadu community at Oloburi in East Kwaio on the island of Malaita gather to celebrate the launch of their first ever coffee project.
The coffee project had seen the planting of more than three hectares of land with coffee trees some nine months before in March 2018 when money was obtained from the Solomon Islands Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.
In actual fact the vision for the coffee project had been three years in the planning when Mrs. Evelyn Safi first had the idea of creating the coffee plantation in order to contribute to the livelihood of the local community and aid the economy overall.
Together with three main chiefs of the area, Jimmy Lalofi, Sale Nonorua and Alick Naoniau, Mrs Safi successfully pursued her dream along with other village people resulting in the celebration held in December 2018.
Speaking during the launch of the coffee project, Mrs Safi said she would encourage rural farmers, in particular women, to pursue projects that could empower and engage them in economic activities for the good of their own communities and for the benefit of the country as a whole.