Thursday, March 3

This Week, Coffee Is Hot!

Following up on a recent posting about Zambia's Coffee Grower's Association, it seems an international coffee exhibition is taking place in Livingstone this week. According to the Times of Zambia, there are 75 large-scale and 520 small-scale farmers growing coffee who fall under the control of the Zambia Coffee Growers Association. The article makes 2 interesting points:
  • Coffee is second to oil on the world market and earning foreign exchange
  • By January this year, world coffee exports reached 7. 3 billion bags, an increase of 13% over last year

President Mwanawasa has been encouraging small-scale farmers to grow a variety of crops, including coffee, to supplement their incomes.