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Mozambique joins coffee exporters' club

Coffee is a relatively young industry in Mozambique but production is now up to 870 tonnes per year, in Sofala, Manica, Niassa and Cabo Delgado

ICO’s Executive Director, Vanúsia Nogueira, and Mozambican Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Celso Correia

Good afternoon. Mozambique today officially joined the International Coffee Organisation, becoming the 43rd producer member of the organisation, headquartered in London, whose members produce more than 93% of the world’s production of coffee.

Francisco Mandlate of Cafe Chimanimani (left) signed an agreement in London today with Omwani Coffee Company (represenative right) to sell Mozambican coffee in the UK, in the presence of Mozambican agriculture minister Celso Correia (centre). Photo: Fernando Lima / Zitamar News

Agriculture minister Celso Correia travelled to London to sign up to the organisation, followed by an event at the Groucho Club in Soho, central London, where Mozambican coffee brands were on show, and where some distribution deals were signed.

Coffee is a relatively young industry in Mozambique but production is now up to 870 tonnes per year. One of the most eye-catching initiatives has been coffee production on the hills off Gorongosa, in Sofala province, supplying Nestle among others. But coffee is also grown in Manica, Niassa, and on the island of Ibo in Cabo Delgado.

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