30, November 2016
Delegates from the 25 member states of the Inter-African Coffee Organization are meeting in Yaoundé in the fourth African Coffee Symposium. During the five-day conclave which opened on 29th November 2016, the delegates will exchange notes and share experiences on how the African coffee industry could emerge.
The symposium is holding under the theme, “Inclusive Value Chain Transformation in the African Coffee Industry”. In Cameroon, coffee is grown extensively with robusta coffee more prevalent in the coastal areas and arabica coffee widespread in the western highlands.
In September 2014, the Government of Cameroon validated and launched a new plan to revive the coffee sector, hoping to boost production and in that same year, Cameroon was ranked the 31st largest producer of coffee in the world. It is worth mentioning that coffee farming in Cameroon dates to 1884, during the German colonial era.