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Mukeshimana takes on as InterAfrican Coffee Organisation Chairperson

By IGIHE
On 16 February 2021 at 12:00

Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI), Dr. Géraldine Mukeshimana has been appointed the Chairperson of the InterAfrican Coffee Organisation (IACO).

Leaders of the organization are replaced every year on rotational basis.

Following the appointment, Minister Mukeshimana took over from Ghanaian predecessor, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto during a virtual ceremony.

Dr. Owusu also serves as the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Republic of Ghana.

As she took over duty yesterday, the new Chairperson, Minister Mukeshimana urged stakeholders for more work to promote the coffee industry in Africa and globally.

IACO was established in 1999 with country members initially. It currently comprises of 25 country members including Rwanda.

Rwanda is among African countries growing and processing high quality coffee recognized internationally.

Statistics from National Agricultural Export Development Board he National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NAEB) shows that 400,000 households in Rwanda force their meal upon coffee farming.

Rwanda harvests between 16,000 and 21,000 tons of coffee every year planted on 42,000 hectares.

Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI), Dr. Géraldine Mukeshimana has been appointed the Chairperson of the InterAfrican Coffee Organisation.

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