The European Union will contribute €12 million to finance a programme to improve the performance, growth and contribution of the coffee value chain in the diversification of the Angolan economy, said on Wednesday in Luanda, the ambassador of the European Union in Angola, Tomás Ulicny.
The funds, to be granted for five years, will strengthen the involvement and commitment of the Angolan government, specifically on the implementation of the programme to support production, diversification of exports and import substitution (Prodesi), in the development of one of the priority products, which is coffee.
The aim is to strengthen the capacity of public institutions such as the National Coffee Institute and the Agency for Private Investment and Export Promotion, through connection and facilitation of dialogue with the private agents involved in the value chain.
“As a first step in this process an in-depth study of the coffee value chain will be carried out, taking into account the production, economic, social and environmental development factors,” the ambassador told the Angop news agency.
The study is carried out within the scope of the “Value chain analysis for development,” and is financed by the Food, Nutrition and Rural Development Unit of the directorate of cooperation of the European Union and executed by Agrinatura (group of European universities and research centres). (macauhub)