The city of Lomé hosfed the 9th ordinary general assembly of the Africa and Madagascar Robusta Coffee Agency (ACRAM), an international association gathering private and public actors of this sector.
The 12 member states of the association were represented, other participants present at the roundtable include representatives of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), World Bank, and the European Union (EU).
Part of the discussions was ways to revive the African robusta industry due to the effects of Covid-19 pandemic.
The meeting “aims to promote the sharing of practices and solutions that can enable producing countries best adapt to the impacts of the coronavirus health crisis,” said Togolese Enselme Gouthon, president of ACRAM.
Originally from Africa, the Robusta variety makes up 35% of the world’s coffee production. It contains more caffeine than Arabica – between 1.7% and 4%, against 0.8% and 1.4%. In Togo, about 7,000 tons of coffee and 6,000 tons of cocoa are produced each year.
The association deliberated women and youth inclusion and participation in the coffee value chain.