Today,Rwanda will host the 3rd World Coffee Producers’ Forum (WCPF). The half-day virtual conference, gathering more than 2,000 participants from 70 countries who include coffee producers, industry representatives, government officials, multilateral agencies, coffee business dealers at large among others, from across the world will help understand and seek solutions for many issues threatening farmers' livelihoods and coffee production.
WCPF’s vision for this virtual gathering is a half-day program following the theme of Coffee Farmers’ Prosperity; supporting coffee growers to further their social and economic development, and support sustainable inter-generational growth, success, and opportunity in the coffee sector. At the same time, it will focus greatly on Rwanda, with the goal of building enthusiasm for the official in-person forum in July 2022 in Kigali.
The theme of “Coffee Farmers’ Prosperity” is fitting not only to the coffee sector but to Rwanda, as it continues to see promising growth rates and development that will benefit producers and industry stakeholders alike.
The third WCPF will serve as the base to develop guidelines, to be approved in the in-person gathering in Kigali, Rwanda in July 2022, for the creation of National Coffee Sustainability Plans that will help producing countries design and implement comprehensive coffee policies to secure the future of a coffee sector where coffee producers are prosperous and coffee production is sustainable.
According to Juan Esteban Orduz, the President of Colombian Coffee Federation and Chairperson of World Coffee Producers Forum, coffee industry players should work together in seeking solutions for the sector’s common problems is necessary: “we have to work jointly and co-responsibly to make permanent changes to issues that compromise the future supply of coffee.”
Claude Bizimana, the Chief Executive Officer at National Agriculture Export Development Board said that the conference is meant to support the growth of Rwanda coffee sector: “This platform will provide Rwandan coffee industry with a unique opportunity to discuss and find solutions to very important issues that our coffee producers face.”