I received this email yesterday, as many others did too, I would imagine.
"It is with sadness and frustration that we need to inform you that OCIR Café has postponed the second Rwanda Cup of Excellence event to 2010.
The Executive Director of OCIR Café Alex Kanyankole indicated to me in a recent email that there are too many other activities and major short term reforms that the organization is involved in as the reason there will not be a 2009 program.
We know many of you have been deeply involved in the progress that the Rwandan coffee farmers have made with their quality and have supported the infrastructure development and momentum that finally led to the 2008 Cup of Excellence. We can only hope that OCIR Café sees the importance of Cup of Excellence to their quality coffee farmers and that it is willing to support the program wholeheartedly in the future.
It is amazing to me, how short sighted governments and their respective institutions can be. Governments tend to be too busy with the stuff that doesn't matter, to be committed to the stuff that does. After all of the promise of the Rwandan coffees last year, the program goes off-line, and the folks that are affected the most are the farmers.