Historically, Congo’s cocoa and coffee sectors have been strong and reliable for actors throughout the value chain. Unfortunately, systemic constraints, instability, crop-specific disease, and a number of other factors diminished gains, decimated crops, and slowed progress for coffee, once DRC’s second most valuable export, and cocoa, a historically strong crop and livelihood for hundreds of thousands from West to East.
However, in recent years, regulatory reforms, industry-wide coordinated efforts to promote the adoption and proliferation of best practices, and investments leading to the introduction of improved tools and equipment have dramatically shifted direction. Congo’s Robusta and Arabica crops are not only reemerging as stronger, more reliable, and of higher quality, the value chains and actors are ever more inclusive and collaborative.
ÉLAN RDC supports the improvement of the quantity and quality of cocoa and coffee through:
Harmonisation of programs and training;
Supporting the application of better production practices;
Promoting the integration and popularisation of the use of processing tools, value-added equipment and the best traceability systems in the industry;
Rationalisation of communication and improving access to information;
Encouraging closer collaboration and increased engagement between actors at all stages;
Identification of new models and facilitation of access to finance.
ÉLAN RDC supports the competitivity of cacao and coffee by:
Strengthening industry associations to ensure the development and implementation of inclusive and innovative advocacy and marketing strategies that foster greater public-private collaboration;
Encouraging the improvement of the operating and regulatory environment of companies in order to create an increasingly favorable and competitive investment climate;
Coordination of the industry's marketing efforts to improve the perception and raise the profile of the DRC in the global cocoa and coffee markets.
Some interventions for coffee: Congo Coffee Atlas:
A resource designed to demystify, inform, and empower, the Congo Coffee Atlas was created to help you better understand the various coffee growing regions, zonal characteristics and flavor profiles, cooperatives who produce, and exporters bridging links to markets for Congo’s highly praised coffee. In addition, this shared tool integrates key market information that will allow you to navigate the landscape of opportunities, filter by zone, certification, quality, volume, and much more in order to satisfy curiosities or gather critical detail to make informed investment and sourcing decisions with confidence.
To know Congo is to know its people. In addition to details that outline market, producer, and exporter information, we are pleased to introduce you to a few of the hardworking Congolese people at the heart of this reemerging sector.
From the rich volcanic soils of the Petit Nord, to the shores of Ituri’s Lake Albert, through the vibrant coffee growing communities and ever-increasing offerings of top-quality Arabicas and Robustas, Congolese coffees are poised to take their place among the best in the world.
Quality, reliability, and opportunity are here. The Congo Coffee Atlas is your key to unlocking what Congolese coffee means to you.
Some interventions for cocoa
Cocoa Certification and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP): Through the design of a series of strategic interventions, ÉLAN RDC guided industrial partners through the certification process to value farmers, encourage support through commitment increased exporters and producers, and strengthened control through the installation of centralised consolidation points to better manage post-harvest handling, processing and purchase.