Farming a Family Coffee Business Attracts Political Leaders

Coffee can take you to many places, meeting all types of interesting people.  When coffee is 80% of a country's GDP, it would only make sense for the President and other high level officials to participate in an international coffee convention held in their country. The 11th Annual African Fine Coffees Association Conference held in Bujumbura, Burundi Feb 13-15, 2014 included an appearance by President Pierre Nkurunziza, US Ambassador Dawn Liberi, and Minister of Agriculture & Livestock of Burundi, Odette Kayitesi. It was encouraging that they discussed the topic of Coffee Farming a Family Business with a focus on engaging women and youth.  It is through the efforts of all parties, both private and public sectors, and non-for-profits that we will get to a sustainable industry providing a viable livelihood for everyone in the supply chain.