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RWANDA TO HOST 19TH AFRICA FINE COFFEES CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION

The joint organising committee of the African Fine Coffees Conference and Exhibition (AFCC&E), comprising the National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) and the African Coffee Association (AFCA), has announced that Rwanda will host the 19th edition of the event.

Rwanda will have the honour of hosting the African Fine Coffees Conference & Exhibition for the third time after 2009 and 2019. This will also be the first event after a two-year hiatus since 2020 caused by the global Covid-19 pandemic. The conference will be held in Kigali from 15 to 17 February 2023 under the theme “Shared Value for Sustainability in the African Coffee Industry”.

More than 1,000 stakeholders from across the coffee value chain will attend the event to discuss sustainable coffee practices, the impact of climate change on production and productivity, and better income for producers

Claude Bizimana, CEO of the NAEB, said coffee is an important aspect of the African economy. It positively impacts the lives of hundreds of thousands of smallholder farmers and their families in Rwanda and other African countries. It has also made “a significant contribution to foreign exchange revenues and the monetisation of the rural economy.”

Because of the efforts of these small-holder farmers, the quality of our coffee is now recognised globally. Bringing this event to Rwanda honours their work and reminds them that they are crucial to Rwanda’s coffee success story.

Claude Bizimana, CEO, Naeb

The event is an excellent opportunity for Rwanda and other African coffee-producing countries to once again showcase the quality of their coffee to participants. It serves as a platform to find new buyers and raise the profile of coffee origins.

Rwanda produces up to 420,000 bags per year, which does not place it among the top 20 producers. There are currently about 400,000 smallholder farmers who make their living from coffee. Production is dominated by bourbon varieties, which are prized for their quality.

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  • Ziga Povse

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    Žiga Povše is a freelance writer, translator and a full-time coffee lover. After after visiting his girlfriend's family farm in Cerrado Mineiro, they opened an online store to sell Brazilian specialty coffee, and he remains an avid reader and a prolific writer.

1 thought on “RWANDA TO HOST 19TH AFRICA FINE COFFEES CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION”

  1. I wish for the success of Africa’s coffee activities and exhibitions that will resume after the COVID-19. Thank you for the bright News.

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