“Cape Verde should make a major investment in the production of coffee so as to give value to this potential, since the international market, particularly the European market, has shown increasing interest in this product. However, to take advantage of this marker, the entire production structure needs to be improved,” according to Luís Moreno.
The FAO consultant affirms that the country’s climate and characteristics favor coffee growing and, considering the international recognition coffee from the island of Fogo enjoyed in the past, Moreno believed it possible to recover the lost prestige.
According to the study on the coffee value chain in Cape Verde, the quality of the country’s coffee is higher than that produced in the conventional manner and has very particular, specific characteristics. The investigation encompassed the area of agricultural production, industrial processing and commercialization, and was carried out through a project specifically aimed at adding value to and increasing the prestige of Cape Verdean coffee.
The objective is to recover and add value to coffee growing on the islands of Fogo, Santiago, Santo Antão, São Nicolau and Brava, cultivate new plantations and manufacture a coffee able to be exported to specialty markets. Another target is to enhance the technical capacity of producers and workers for the production, sale and export of Cape Verdean coffee.