Africa coffee producing states kicked off a three-day meeting in Nairobi on Thursday to seek ways of reversing the declining coffee production.
“It is therefore critical for African coffee producing countries to increase their productivity and quality of their coffees to ensure that farmers realize higher incomes,” he said during the official opening of the 12th African Fine Coffees Association (AFCA) Conference and Exhibition.
“When there is a base consumption locally, the farmers will not be too worried about the international price as they will have a ready market,” the chairman said. In Africa, only Ethiopia has a strong coffee drinking culture.
“The fund will give coffee farmers bridge finance so that the farmers avoid taking high interest loans from unscrupulous money lenders,” Bagersh said.
“In particular, governments should enhance financial investment in the coffee industry as well as to support production and market research,” Kenyatta said.
“In order to support the sector, the government is undertaking a number of measures aimed at revitalizing the industry,” Kenyatta said.“These include streamlining the institutional, legal and policy framework, infrastructure improvement and implementation of a credit access framework,” he said.
“Unfortunately the consumption of coffee in Africa is only about three percent of local production,” she said.