Angola produced 35,000 bags of robusta coffee in 2013, which represents about 2,100 tons, according to data collected by Angolan newspaper Expansão.
The newspaper reported that the 2013 harvest was just 7.8 percent less than the 2008 crop when Angola produced 38,000 bags of coffee or a total of 2,280 tons.
Between 2009 and 2011 coffee production declined considerably and only in 2012 did production begin to increase again when production reached 33,000 bags.
Angola’s National Coffee Institute (INCA) wants the government to make a significant investment in the sector so that it is possible to produce 60,000 tons of coffee per year – 26 times more than in 2013 – allowing for exports with a value of approximately US$100 million.
According to the International Coffee Organization (ICO), the world’s leading coffee producers are Brazil, Vietnam, Indonesia, Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Honduras, Mexico, Guatemala and Uganda.
In 1973, Angola was the third-largest coffee producer in the world. (macauhub/AO)