Uganda to host second G-25 Africa coffee summit, focus on value addition, domestic consumption

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The 2nd G-25 Africa Coffee Summit (ACs) will be held in Uganda at the Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala, under the theme “Transforming the African Coffee Sector through Value Addition” from August 7th to 10th, 2023.

Some of the delegates that attended the recently concluded African Coffee Summit in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry, and Fisheries, in collaboration with the Inter-African Coffee Organisation (IACO), stated in a press release issued on July 26, 2023, that it will host the 2nd G-25 Africa Coffee Summit (ACs) from August 7th to 10th, 2023, at Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala.

The summit themed ‘’Transforming the African Coffee Sector through Value Addition’’ will involve delegates from African Member States and Institutions discussing ways to boost domestic outputs, particularly by smallholders and adding value to coffee in the African coffee-producing countries.

The summit provides a platform for African coffee-producing states and institutions to align the actions and commitments needed to build resilient agricultural systems that support the delivery of sustainable development goals. The proposed Summit is a defining moment for Africa’s coffee-growing nations.

Uganda’s Robusta coffee

The fundamental goal of the summit, according to Laura M. Walusimbi, corporate communications manager at the Uganda Coffee Development Authority, is to continue to marshal agreement on a declaration of coffee as a key commodity in accordance with the AU Agenda 2063.

“Promote value addition and domestic consumption by educating people about coffee and its health benefits; explain regional coffee trade under the framework of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA); and share knowledge about the looming threat that climate change poses to coffee, as well as the impact that the global pandemic COVID-19 has had on the coffee sector from seed to cup,” Walusimbi said.

He noted that hosting the 2nd Africa Coffee Summit in Uganda would provide the country with an unparalleled opportunity to market our coffee to a number of African countries while also deepening economic integration.

The G-25 African Coffee-producing Countries Summit will result in stronger cooperation. Heads of state, senior government ministers, coffee authority heads, senior ministers from African coffee-consuming countries, and African private sector groups such as farmers, processors, exporters, roasters, and coffee associations.

This is a great recognition for the country, which is Africa’s second largest producer and exporter of coffee after Ethiopia. Uganda’s coffee exports in FY2021/22 totalled 6.26M bags worth USD 862.28M which was achieved despite a prolonged drought that affected most of the production areas. Volumes and revenues are expected to increase significantly in FY2022/23 because of the country’s consistent rainfall. The G25 summit comes after a successful declaration signed in Nairobi in 2022 by members to have coffee added as a strategic commodity under the African Union in line with AU Agenda 2063.

On May 25, 2023, the first G-25 Africa Coffee Summit was held in Nairobi, Kenya.

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