The European Union (EU) has provided US$16.5mn to support the competitiveness of Ethiopia’s coffee sector
In a press conference on 5 September, Sani Redi, State minister of agriculture, said EU’s funding would contribute a lot in improving coffee productivity through addressing the challenges facing the sector.
As reported in the Ethiopian News Agency, the funding will be used to prevent coffee diseases, provide disease-resistant beans, and support research.
It would also help to export value-added coffee from 28 coffee growing woredas (districts).
According to the US Department of Agriculture attache in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is expected to export a record-high 240,000 metric tonnes of coffee in 2019/20.