Following last year’s launch of the Coffee Atlas, requests from leading exporters, industry associations, and public, private, and nonprofit stakeholders to incorporate the tool into their respective websites continue to increase. In addition to being available on the design and development partners’ sites, Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI) and ELAN RDC, the tool was recently added to multiple partners’ websites, including Saveur du Kivu, DRC’s premier specialty coffee cupping event, and the Association des Exportateurs du Cacao & Café de la R.D. Cong (ASSECCAF).
To support industry efforts to improve availability, access and quality of key market information, ELAN RDC is teaming with industry exporters to launch the Domestic Processing and Consumption Analysis in June. Developed alongside industry stakeholders, the comprehensive analysis will explore multiple segments of the domestic cocoa and coffee processing and consumption markets throughout seven major population centers. Findings will put forward actionable insights from which existing processors and those interested in directing investments can act and/or make more informed decisions and target specific market segments.
This market data – to be featured during International Coffee Day events on October 1, 2018 – will be available to local, national, and international buyers, as well as public and private-sector actors, and can drive domestic processing and processor capacity, and promote increased availability of finished coffee and cocoa products for populations throughout DRC.
Also launching in June is the Cocoa and Coffee Supply Chain Digitization Analysis. The study, developed in collaboration with the Branchless Banking, SME Finance, and Specialty Crops teams at ELAN RDC, will present a clear roadmap for the digitization of cash payments within the cocoa and coffee value chains, accelerating financial inclusion for small producers throughout North and South Kivu. The multi-tiered roadmaps will highlight ways digital agricultural strategies can drive financial inclusion for farmers while increasing profitability of coffee and cocoa operators through reduced costs and streamlined supply chains.