A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF COFFEE PRODUCTION IN ANGOLA: A QUICK ASSESSMENT REPORT

The production of coffee in Angola was started in the 1830s by the Portuguese colonial power. It later became an important cash crop of the country being grown on approximately 596,000 hectares comprising 2,500 commercial farms/plantations owned mostly by the Portuguese and 250,000 peasant holdings of small scale coffee farms1,2,7. In the 1960s (1963/64 – 1968/69) and early 1970s (1970/71 – 1975/76), Angola was one of the largest African coffee producers and exporters ranking second after Cote d’Ivoire and even ranking first in some of the years. During those days, coffee was one of the largest agricultural products and major sources of foreign exchange earners for the country.