Danish funding supports food safety at Burmese company

Thanks to Danish funding, Hornbill Coffee in southern Chin State, Myanmar, has vastly improved its food safety standards.

Photo: Embassy of Denmark in Myanmar.

The funding has made it possible to get a new solar dryer, that will eliminate the coffee cherries’ exposure to microbes, contamination from animal discharge and exposure to harmful toxins commonly found in traditional drying methods. A new electric roaster will further eliminate the company’s dependency on firewood.

The funding comes from the Danish Responsible Business Fund (RBF), which is a part of the Danish Development Assistance to Myanmar. RBF is fund that gives grants to small and medium-sized enterprises.

The fund wishes to increase the competitiveness and responsible behavior of Myanmar enterprises by providing partial grants for the implementation of innovative projects in the following seven areas: Energy efficiency, water use efficiency, waste treatment and recycling, occupational safety and health, food safety, managerial and Supervisory skills as well as practical and tcchnical skills.

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