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African leaders agree to include coffee among strategic commodities

As part of the first G-25 Africa Coffee Summit, African agriculture ministers from 25 coffee-producing countries signed the Nairobi Declaration to include coffee among strategic commodities

The 25 signatories represent nations which currently account for 12% of global coffee production | Photo credit: Heidi Erickson



Representatives from 25 African coffee growing countries have signed a declaration in Nairobi to include coffee in a list of strategic commodities under the Africa Union, a continental organisation seeking to increase Africa’s growth and economic development.

The agreement seeks to ensure that coffee is given more attention in Africa in terms of being financed adequately, with the declaration potentially helping to unlock ‘much-needed resources for the revitalisation of the coffee industry in Africa’.

The 25 signatories represent nations which currently account for 12% of global coffee production.

Kenyan Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya said the signing of the declaration is a big milestone in the history of the coffee sector in the African continent.

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