HomeVentures Journalvol. 3 no. 1 (2008)

To be or not to be: A Case of an Agrarian Reform Multi-Purpose Cooperative

Felipe D. Niza Jr.

Discipline: Business, Agriculture, Social Entrepreneurship



In 1978, a Filipino-owned multi-national company established a coffee plantation in the highlands of the southern Philippine province of Bukidnon.  It was intended to be a 4,000-ha. plantation spanning three municipalities.  Its main product, Class AA or quality green coffee beans was intended for export and the class B and C coffee beans were intended for domestic supply.  By 1983, it had acquired, through long-term leases, the first 1,000 hectares, in addition to the company-owned 200 hectares.  In 1986, 1,000 hectares were fully planted to the robusta variety coffee.  For its processing, a modern wet processing plant, mechanical drying facility and a warehouse facility were also set up.