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In this space, the IAOC publishes resources of its various activities, whether planned, in progress or nearing completion. These files are primarily published in PDF format for easier downloading.

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Wednesday 26 August 2015
- Research and Development direction
Coffee is an important agricultural commodity, second only to oil in the international trade. About 25 million families supporting over 125 million people in more than 50 developing countries of Africa, Latin America and Asia that produce and sell coffee depend on it as their main source of income. In Africa, about 33 million people directly depend on coffee for their livelihoods and it is the pillar of the national economy contributing over 10% to the export earnings of some 14 African countries. Globally, coffee generates over US$12.44 billion annually to the coffee producing and exporting countries, with a retail values of about US$70 billion. In the 1970s and 1980s, the market share of Africa was about 30% and this has steadily dropped down to about 12% today. From this figures, one can easily estimate how much foreign earnings Africa is annually losing because of the decline of coffee production and export in the region. Ghana is one of the big losers as its annual production has gone down as low as 600 tons despite the enormous potential that the country owes for coffee production.
Wednesday 26 August 2015
- Research and Development direction
The visit to the four East African countries was made between 3 and 17 June2010. The main objective of the visit was to understand the current status of coffee production, identify constraints to coffee production and marketing, identify opportunities available and finally come up with practical project proposal that addresses the key constraints and enhance coffee production, productivity and quality in those countries. To achieve the planned mission, discussions were held with relevant authorities (research, coffee board, farmers association, Ministry of Agriculture, etc.) and visits to coffee farms and processing stations were made.
Wednesday 26 August 2015
- Research and Development direction
A travel mission was undertaken to Ethiopia and Uganda from 3 – 10 and 10 – 13 May 2009, respectively. The main objective of the mission was to build a common understanding and awareness with the relevant authorities of Ethiopia and Uganda on: (1) the concept of coffee genetic resources conservation and use project, (2) strategies of conservation, and (3) establishment of center of excellence for conservation and research. Ethiopia and Uganda are the most important key players for the success of the project for two main reasons: (1) they are center of origin and genetic diversity for Coffea arabica and Coffea canephora, respectively, even though the later species also covers many other countries stretching from East to West along the equatorial rain forest areas of Africa and (2) they have been accredited by IACO Annual General Assembly to be the center of excellence for Arabica and Robusta coffee germplasm conservation and research. Therefore, it is of paramount importance to initially establish a consensus with the two countries before inviting other relevant stakeholders as it involves some thorny issues of property rights and germplasm exchange agreements. In effect, the project concept note was discussed with the relevant authorities of Ethiopia and Uganda based on the roadmap shown in annex 1 and the comments given were briefly explained below.
Wednesday 26 August 2015
- Research and Development direction
The Inter-African coffee organization (IACO) is an inter-governmental organization of 25 coffee producing African member countries and Sierra Leone is one of the members. One of the major mandates of IACO is to assist its member countries through addressing challenges facing the African coffee industry and instituting measures to ensure increased production, productivity and quality. To this end, IACO has been doing its level best and is currently in the process of coordinating the development of a comprehensive project on Revitalization of African coffee production, quality and trade through the consultancy services of CABI – Africa and financial support of the common fund for commodities (CFC).
Wednesday 26 August 2015
- Research and Development direction
The Inter-African coffee organization (IACO) is an inter-governmental organization of 25 coffee producing African member countries and Liberia is one of the members. One of the major mandates of IACO is to assist its member countries through addressing challenges facing the African coffee industry and instituting measures to ensure increased production, productivity and quality. To this end, IACO has been doing its level best and is currently in the process of coordinating the development of a comprehensive project on Revitalization of African coffee production, quality and trade through the consultancy services of CABI – Africa and financial support of the common fund for commodities (CFC).

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