Kokkoya Organics, an urban farm in Yangon, has expanded their approach and launched an online shop for weekly deliveries that can directly support local producers, farmers and restaurants who no longer have access to the physical markets.

The online shop offers products from 49 different suppliers from across Myanmar, including farmers in Shan, Kachin, Mandalay and Bago with 300+ products available to choose from.

The closing of restaurants and markets resulted in local businesses struggling to survive the loss in sales, meanwhile, customers were searching to get safe food delivered.

“Because of closed borders, there has been a shutdown and an increase in the cost of transportation within the country. It has been heartbreaking to see produce go to waste as it cannot reach the market or the market price does not cover the production cost. The pandemic has shown how vulnerable the current food system is and that we need a new model that is based on a local circular economy. Choosing local now has a real impact on keeping farms and small food businesses going.” – Sophia, co-founder Kokkoya Organics

Kokkoya witnessed the impact COVID19 brought to the food system and local farmers and immediately set to work to create the connection point between local suppliers and customers.

“COVID19 has brought a lot of attention to the importance of food and its supply chains. Food gives us an opportunity to choose what kind of world we want – our impact on the environment, animal welfare and the health of ourselves (and others) can be traced back to the food system. Questioning and understanding our food gives us a lot of power. Now more than ever, people are learning about their food and discovering that local is the better option. We are very happy that Kokkoya can play a small role in making that easier here in Yangon. We have the team, the space and the systems in place to help other local businesses during this time. We also love being able to bring great quality ingredients to kitchens across Yangon.” – Caity, co-founder Kokkoya Organics

For suppliers, listing their products on Kokkoya’s online shop means they are delivering to one location, handling one payment, reducing their physical interaction with customers and saving time on communication. For customers, shopping is conveniently in one place where they can select a whole range of products with only a few clicks – fruit, vegetables, dairy, spices, bakery items, homeware and more.

In order to manage the flow, ensure consistency and reduce waste Kokkoya have put in place a system where customers can place orders throughout the week but they will only be delivered on set weekly days; customers can place orders anytime but there is an order deadline of 10 am Friday for delivery the following week.

Kokkoya currently delivers on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday depending on the township, though from next month, June, the order deadline and delivery days will change to Monday 10 am and delivery days of Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

The shop is constantly being updated with new products and seasonal fruit and vegetables as the platform expands to include many more farmers and producers in need of innovative support during this time.

About Kokkoya:

Kokkoya Organics is an urban farm in Thingangyun that grows a variety of fresh vegetables while training a young team in organic techniques and farm management skills. The farm is an employee owned cooperative with an average director age of 25. Kokkoya has been operating since September 2017 and has been delivering curated vegetable boxes or CSA (community supported agriculture) shares for over two years to approximately 80 farm members a month. Kokkoya works with a network of small scale growers who are passionate about organic, regenerative farming in Myanmar.

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