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By Kambale Kisumba Kamungele

Understanding Congo Coffee. The DRC COFFEE COUNTRY PROFILE. By Kambale Kisumba Kamungele. 10 th African Fine Coffee Conference & Exhibition Kampala, Uganda 14 th February 2013. Bienvenue en Republique Democratique du Congo.

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  1. Understanding Congo Coffee The DRC COFFEE COUNTRY PROFILE By KambaleKisumbaKamungele 10th African Fine Coffee Conference & Exhibition Kampala, Uganda 14th February 2013

  2. Bienvenueen RepubliqueDemocratique du Congo Located in the heart of Africa, with a tropical climate, huge rain forest,& a diversified landscape, the Democatic Republic of Congo is believed to be the birth place of Robusta Coffee

  3. DR Congo : Country Facts

  4. DR Congo Coffee Facts (1)

  5. DRC Congo Coffee Facts (2)

  6. DRC Congo Coffee Facts (3):Production & Exports (1988 – 2009) Source: Strategie de Ralance de la Filiere Café, Café Africa RDC

  7. Congo CoffeeProduction Regions

  8. DR Congo Coffee Value Chain Modified from: ITC/ECCAS/PACT II

  9. Congo Coffee Classification(By Defects) Arabica SOURCE: Office National du Café

  10. Robusta Congo Coffee Classification(by Defect) SOURCE: Office National du Café

  11. Congo Coffee Sector SWOT:STRENGTHS Product(Coffee), land, labor force, climate Quality soil favourable to coffee farming Good quality coffee (Arabica, Robusta Canephora & Kwilu) Existence of Agronomical Research Centers (INERA) Existence of Coffee Farmers Associations (SYDIP) Existence of Coffee Processing Factories and Exporters (ets. TsongoKasereka, Planokisprl, SCAK sprl, MaisonMbanga …)

  12. Congo Coffee Sector SWOT:WEAKNESSES Insufficient Agronomical Research Funding Insufficient inputs and low yields Low and aging transformation units Aging of plantations and farmers Inadequate & insufficient electrical power supply Inadequate infrastructure Underdeveloped Public-Private-Partnership

  13. Congo Coffee Sector SWOT:OPPOTUNITIES Global Coffee Demand Availability of Good Coffee in the DRC Willingness of coffee stakeholders to revitalize the sector Possibility of developing internal market Possibility of enhancing FINE ROBUSTA Existence of a National Coffee Revitalization Strategy (Café Africa DRC)

  14. Congo Coffee Sector SWOT:THREATS Over-Taxation and “tracaceries” Political instability Absence of a coherent National Coffee Policy Pests & Diseases (Coffee Wilt) Global Warming

  15. Conclusion The Democratic Republic of Congo is a great country offering exceptional varieties of coffees needed for the ever-changing global market. Consumers, roasters, importers, and the DRC Stakeholders need to know, try, and engage in Congo Coffee for the benefit of the whole value chain (especially for that of the Congolese Farmer) *** The happier the farmer, the better the coffee

  16. Merci !Thank you for your attention KambaleKisumbaKamungele Export Director Ets. TSONGO KASEREKA 130, Avenue President de la Republique BP 95 Butembo, Nord-Kivu RepubliqueDemoctratique du Congo +243 998 471239 kamungele@gmail.com

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