A Quick Reconnaissance Survey of Coffee Production Status in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

1.1 The Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C) is a country endowed with diversity of natural resources including coffee. It is one of the centers of origins and diversity for C. Canephora species, commonly known in the coffee trade as Robusta coffee. The country also produces Arabica coffee in the Eastern parts of the country mainly in the provinces of Oriental, North-Kivu, South-Kivu, and Katanga (north-eastern part) bordering Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania. Robusta grows in almost all provinces of the country except Katanga with varying degrees of abundance, being Equateur, Orientale, Bandundu, and Bas-Congo provinces the major producers. Kadai-Occidental, Kasi-Orintal, Katanga and Maniema provinces are very minor Robusta coffee producers but central in mineral resources.