March 1, 2011

Seminar Announcement: Effective Aid and Investment for Coffee and Cassava in East Africa

This Seminar is postponed to a later date. We will announce the new seminar date once it is set, thank you for your understanding.

Promar Consulting will be holding an open seminar on March 18, 2011 in Tokyo to discuss the findings and conclusions of Promar’s recent projects in East Africa,  conducted at the request of the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) to support MAFF’s interest in supporting effective foreign aid and investment for agricultural development in Africa. This study looked at two important crops – coffee and cassava – in several East African countries and assessed the potential and challenges these industries face in increasing incomes, alleviating poverty and increasing food security.

Time: 13:30-15:15 pm

Cassava in Mozambique and Tanzania: Effective Support for Production

International research on cassava has been considerably behind that of other major crops and Japan, in particular, has scarce information resources related to cassava. Promar partner Norinchukin Research Institute will present their findings on current cassava production, processing and consumption in Mozambique and Tanzania as well as the potential to support further cassava production in the two countries as a means to increase food security.  A representative from JICA’s Africa Department will provide further comments and insight.

Time: 15:30-17:15 pm

Coffee in Ethiopia and Tanzania: Supporting Aid for Trade and Increasing Access to Japan Market

Topics will include:

  • World coffee demand and impact of international coffee prices
  • Ethiopia’s coffee production, processing and distribution situation
  • The Impact of the Launch of the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX)
  • The Ethiopian coffee agrochemical residue issue
  • Tanzania coffee production, processing and distribution highlights
  • The changing Kilimanjaro coffee production industry
  • Potential aid and investment to increase coffee producer incomes and expand trade opportunities
  • Comments from Professor Koichi Ikegami from Kinki University

(Seminars will be held in Japanese)

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Cassava Seminar
Coffee Seminar
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