Ethiopia, Brazil and UNIDO in drive to boost Ethiopia’s coffee industry
Ethiopia’s Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Eyasu Abreha, has met Brazil’s Vice-Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, Eumar Roberto Novack, to discuss cooperation in the areas of productivity, the management of acid soils and research and development in coffee production in Ethiopia.
The visiting delegation included Tilahun Kebede, head of the Bureau of Agriculture and Natural Resources in the SNNPR; Sani Redi, State Minister for Agriculture and Director General of the Ethiopia Coffee and Tea Authority; Abdurhaman Abdella, Dire tor General of the Oromia Regional State Coffee and Tea Authority; the Sinknesh Ejigu, Ethiopia’s Ambassador to Brazil; and representatives of illycaffè S.p.A., the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
The mission will continue during the week with field visits to coffee plantations and related institutions in the state of Minas Gerais and in São Paulo. The field visits are being organized and lead by Alessandro Bucci, Director of Coffee Procurement Department and Aldir Alves Teixeira, Director General and CEO of Experimental Agrícola do Brasil Ltda., illycaffè.
This mission is being implemented by UNIDO, in cooperation with illycaffè and the Ernesto Illy Foundation, in the framework of the programmer for “Improving the Sustainability and Inclusiveness of the Ethiopian Coffee Value Chain through Private and Public Partnership”, sponsored by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation.