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Coffee Market Development and Trade Promotion in Eastern and Southern Africa (ICO/03FA)


Common Fund Loan: USD 1,300,511


The project develops and tests a coffee marketing systems that responds to producer and trader needs; strengthens public and private institutions to operate the systems; and, investigates on a pilot basis a trade financing system, based on warehouse receipts as collateral with expanded participation from local banks/financing institutions and coffee processors and traders. Anticipated benefits include the availability of market information, improved access to financing and greater transparency of the coffee trade cycle. The participating  farmers will be expected to improve their capacity for monitoring quality and certification; collation, analysis and dissemination of data on coffee production, export prices and stocks; and also to be in a better position to advise on policies and regulatory action that will enhance benefits to the coffee industry operators. The financing institutions receive training to enhance their capacity for coffee trade finance.