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There have been a lot of conferences in AFCA’s history of which I have been fortunate to attend several but few have ever been as anticipated as the one Burundi will host from the 13th – 15th February 2014.

Though a small country by most standards it is beautiful in every aspect. This magazine will seek to share vital information with our members and coffee stakeholders who intend to travel to Burundi for this highly awaited event.

The magazine will begin by taking us through a basic introduction of the coffee industry in Burundi in an Overview of the Burundi Coffee Industry. Burundi Ready to host 11th AFCC & E will focus on the conference launch held in Burundi in September 2013 and the strong show of government support offered to host the event. Meet the Speakers will share with readers who they should expect to listen to. General Information when coming to Burundi, Basic Kirundi words and Star Alliance Savings on Travel will be invaluable to delegates hoping to travel to Burundi. The Exhibition floor plan and Conference Area layout will readers a feel of how to navigate the entire hotel area and exhibitors section.

As usual the magazine will provide readers with snapshots of news happening both at the Secretariat and Regional Level.

I invite you all to Burundi – the Heart of Africa, for what may be the most memorable conference yet!

Harrison Kalua


African Fine Coffees Association

Over 900 delegates per day, representatives from over 350 industry players of 50 countries representatives from all coffee producing nations of Africa are expected to attend the 11th AFCA conference and exhibition.

These following speeches and topics are already registered to be presented in the conference:

1  Harrison KaluaChairman African FineCoffees AssociationKey Note Speaker  9Francois NkurunzizaChairman Intercafe and CountryManager, ARMAJARO Burundi S.U.R.L.The Burundi Coffee Sector Sustainability:opportunities and challenges, 10Philip Schulter TraderSCHLUTER SA Driver for the African (Burundian)Coffee Farmer 2Nicolas A. Tamari,Chief Executive OfficerSucafina S.AKey Note Speaker
3Roberio Oliveira SilvaExecutive DirectorInternational Coffee OrganisationKey Note Speaker    11Katherine NolteCoffee Marketer, JMILinking The Small Scale Farmers ToThe International Market  12Paul Stewart,Regional Director, Coffee InitiativeTechnoServeThe Business Case for the AfricanCoffee Farmer: Can Smallholder
 5Mr. Kambale Kamungele,DRC Chapter ChairmanUnderstanding Congo’s Coffee; Twounique case studies from a uniquecoffee industry.
   13Jean Michel RishirumuhirwaFounder and Manager,CORE Burundi and CAFEX Ltd.Driver for the African (Burundian)Coffee Farmer    14Catherine van der WeesProgramme Officer, GreenEntrepreneurship, Hivos, KenyaCoffee Farming as a family Business
 7Richard Hide,Head Of African Coffee Programme AndJoint Marketing Initiative, TwinLinking The Small Scale Farmers ToThe International Market  15John SchluterCEO Café Africa InternationalWhy are the Robusta producers ofCentral and West Africa importantto AFCA 6Mr Achim Lohrie,Director of Corporate Responsibility Tchibo“Holistic approach towardssustainability in coffee”
 4Carlos Henrique Jorge BrandoDirector and PartnerP & A International Marketing, Brazil 8Judith Ganes – ChasePresident and FounderJ. Ganes Consulting, LLC

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