Coffee plays a major role in Rwandan economy and significantly contributes to the foreign exchange earnings and to the monetization of the rural economy. Coffee accounts for almost 30% of Rwanda’s total agricultural export revenue and provides livelihoods to 400,000 smallholder farmers. The Strategic Plan for Agriculture Transformation (PSTA IV) aims to increase the annual production from 18,500 MT (2016) to 32,500 MT by 2024. It is imperative that all coffee sector value chain actors should merge efforts to increase production and income of a smallholder farmer.
It is in the same line that the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI), National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB), Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) today announced the launch of the 5-year Technical Cooperation Project between the Government of Rwanda and the Government of Japan, titled “Project for Strengthening Coffee Upgrade & Promotion in Rwanda”, in short, CUP.
CUP2 project comes in as an expansion and sustainer of the first of its kind (CUP) which started in May 2017 and came to an end in 2020. The CUP project phase has played a key role in promoting the Rwandan coffee to be taken to potential niche market internationally, introducing and piloting best agricultural practices to increase coffee productivity, and how to enhance the quality of coffee in order to increase export revenues.
CUP 2 is expected to be a platform, through which all stakeholders will be engaged in identifying challenges hindering the development of the sector and finding sustainable solutions that will advance what could benefit the Rwandan coffee sector the best.
The CUP 2 project operates from NAEB’s premises at KK530 St, Kigali, where all stakeholders in coffee value chain are always welcome for collaboration.
Basic information on the Project
Project Name: Project for Strengthening and Promoting Coffee Value Chain in Rwanda
Period: October 2021- October 2026 (5 years)
Implementing Agencies: National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) and Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB)