African coffee growers support Colombian efforts on prices

Representatives of African coffee grower organizations met with CEO of the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC), Roberto Vélez, to discuss mechanisms that seek to increase profitability throughout the coffee chain and safeguard the industry's sustainability.  The meeting took place at the 116th Session of the International Coffee Council in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Vélez met with Fred Kawuma of the Inter-African Coffee Organization, Henry Ngabirano of the Uganda Coffee Authority, Samuel Kamau of the African Fine Coffees Association (AFCA), Ishak K. Lukenge of AFCA Uganda, Abdullah Bagersh of AFCA Ethiopia, and Jean Mutabazi of Arfic Burundi. The African organisations expressed their support for Mr. Vélez's attempt to initiate a global dialogue among all actors of the coffee chain in order to find ways to increase and stabilize the income of coffee growers. “In order to ensure the industry's profitability and sustainability there must be collective action and an open dialogue between all actors of the coffee chain –from the smallest coffee grower to the largest intermediary or roaster. This will enable future generations to continue enjoying high quality coffee,” said Vélez. Vélez also met with the Brazilian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mauro Vieira. Shortly after, they announced that the FNC's CEO will travel to Brazil to meet with government representatives, producer organizations, and industry leaders in an effort to discuss the current challenges faced by coffee growers and potential avenues to overcome them. Earlier this week, during the 4th World Coffee Conference, Vélez advocated for establishing a global dialogue between producers and the industry in order to find mechanisms that improve and stabilize coffee prices.

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