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Sabine Joseph as Director of SA-Bean International is passionate about Ethical and Sustainable Development of Coffee and Local Communities in Papua New Guinea.  Having grown up in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea on both Tea and Coffee Plantations, Sabine has first- hand knowledge of the Coffee Landscape in such a remote and fascinating part of the world.  Sabine’s family has lived and worked in the Coffee Industry in Papua New Guinea for nearly 30 years.  Sabine through SA-Bean International is working towards bringing about Long Term Sustainable Options for Coffee Growers and providing better Local Services within Communities.

Sabine also works in a Consultancy and Advisory Role with Local Companies in Papua New Guinea to develop strategies for Implementation of Development and Investment plans together with Export and Marketing of Papua New Guinea Coffee to Premium International Markets.

Sabine is passionate about Conservation and preserving as much of the Natural Landscape in such a beautiful part of the world.  Working with Key Partners in Conservation and Sustainability is a primary focus of the work that SA-Bean International does ensuring that Coffee Growers and Local Companies in Papua New Guinea receive what is fair.

 

 

KENTA COFFEE

Nestled in the untouched rainforest habitat at the foothills of Mount Ambra is Kenta Village. Kenta is located about 25 kilometres from Mount Hagen town in Western Highlands Province. It is approximately 1800 metres above sea level and is part of the coffee growing area in the Province.

The natural flora and fauna provides a unique insight into the habitat of the Highlands. This back drop is ideally suited to grow premium quality Arabica coffee which is mild but is full bodied with necessary acidity to make a superb cup.

There are about 2000 residents in the Kenta Village. To them coffee growing is vital to their livelihood providing much needed revenue to meet their social obligations. Vegetable and other crops are grown alongside coffee to suit the market demand.

42 hectares of land on Kenta was identified and planted to Arabica coffee. This plantation forms the nucleus estate for the small growers in the vicinity and provides sustainable extension services to the farmers.

A state of the art wet factory has been built on the plantation. The factory is eco-friendly with pollution control measures in place. This factory caters to the Kenta farmers.

Premium quality washed Arabica coffee is processed on this site and the end product is aptly named “Kenta”. All care and measures are taken to produce a top of the range premium quality which has been well accepted in the World gourmet market.

Recognising the need to improve the lot of the small growers, Kenta in conjunction with the World Bank has successfully implemented the Progressive Partnership in Agriculture Project. 350 farmers are now under the program and changes to their livelihood are already noticeable.

A HIV AIDS Clinic and Outpost has been set up at Kenta with support from the Western Highlands Provincial Health Authorities. Regular clinics and education programs are conducted on site.

 

 

CONSERVATION & SUSTAINABILITY

  • SA-Bean International works to develop models for Sustainable Development in Remote Communities.
  • Sustainable Development Models for Entire Coffee Landscape
  • Community Management Services
  • Landscape Based Services
  • Sustainable Wages
  • Auditing Services
  • Education for Coffee Farmers and Management via courses in Agronomy
  • Biodiversity Measures implemented to ensure preservation of Natural Landscape
  • Micro-financing Options for Growers
  • Empowering Communities and Women’s Focus
  • Eco-tourism Development
  • Personal Viability and Gender Equality courses are also conducted as part of the community development program.

 

 

INVESTMENT SOLUTIONS

  • Partner with Key Investors to develop Strategic Plans for investment into P.N.G Coffee
  • Access to Premium Coffee Markets
  • Strong Growth Options with Financial Backing to improve Production and Efficiency
  • Packaging and Marketing Solutions
  • Grower Access to research, technology and best practices
  • Tourism Development within Agriculture
  • Continued Growth and Expansion Options

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Sabine Joseph - Director, SA-Bean International - Lowy Institute

Sabine Joseph

Director, SA-Bean International

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Sabine Joseph is Director of SA-Bean International, and is passionate about ethnical and sustainable development of coffee and communities in Papua New Guinea. SA-Bean International works with communities to create long term sustainable options for coffee growers in remote areas of PNG to provide better services within communities. Sabine also works in a Consultancy and Advisory Role with Local Companies in Papua New Guinea to develop strategies for Implementation of Development and Investment plans together with Export and Marketing of Papua New Guinea Coffee to Premium International Markets. Papua New Guinea, as Australia's closest neighbour and a producer of world class coffee, should be a major source of supply for Australia's booming demand for premium coffee.