Tea export revenues rose by 2% in June 2012 compared with the same period last year. This was helped by a stronger regional market. Burundi is landlocked and exports 80% of its tea through a regional weekly auction held in the Kenyan port city of Mombassa.

Tea is the country’s second-largest hard currency earner after coffee, supports 300,000 smallholder farmers in the country of 8 million people.


The world’s 5th largest cocoa grower, after a poor mid-crop, is bracing itself for an overall fall in production due to a significant drop in the season’s harvest. This has been blamed on a long dry season and pests attacking plants earlier in the year.

Caterpillars invaded the Konye and Mbongue prime-growing areas in the South-West whilst capsid bugs in the Centre Region which eventually spread South, had an impact on harvest.

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The harvest from the 2011/2012 cocoa season, which wraps up at the end of September, is expected to be lower than that of last year’s harvest.This is due to a five-month dry period that carried into March.

An estimated 14,000 tonnes of cocoa were delivered to the two ports of Abidjan and San Pedro between 9-15 July, down from 19,925 tonnes in the same week in 2011.The overall volume of cocoa exports as at 15 July was 1,273,000 tonnes compared to 1,330,539 for the same period in the previous season.


The African Cashew Alliance has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kenyan Nut Processors Association and other representatives from neighbouring countries. This is in a bid to improve cashew nut production and value-addition in the region. Kenya has a reliable cashew nut processing capacity but the production of raw cashew is still low compared to other African countries.

More than 200,000 tons of raw cashew nuts are grown in Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique providing a source of livelihood to more than 500,000 small scale farmers in the region. Production of raw cashew nut has particularly been low in Kenya compared to the numerous processing plants available countrywide.


Recorded a 24% increase in sugar production over the first 6 months of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Statistics produced by the Centre for the Promotion of Agriculture (CEPAGRI) shows that the total production for this period was 102, 256 tonnes.

More than half of this amount, 53,583 tonnes, which generated a value of $25.5 million, was exported entirely to the EU.


Across West Africa, cashew production is mounting - the region produced 85 percent of the global harvest in 2011, according to USAID - with exports going mainly to India and Brazil. As the cashew harvesting season draws to a close, producers in the Casamance region of Southern Senegal are starting to organize themselves so as to have more say in the price that will be set for their product. Middlemen - mostly from India - who export the raw nuts, usually walk off with the bulk of the profit, while producers struggle to get by.

"We are organizing - we think we can solve this problem," Ismaila Diémé, a member of the Agricultural Producers' Cooperative of Casamance, says. Diémé harvested 7 tons of cashews in 2011. "Logically, the revenue generated by the sale of these nuts should have got me through the whole year, but the poor price meant that I won't get by. All the growers in the region are in the same situation,".

Cashews are an economic mainstay in Casamance, bringing in 35 billion CFA francs (US$65 million) annually, second only to tourism, according to the government. The province produces about 100,000 metric tonnes per year, but exports only about half of that due to poor transport facilities to pick up the nuts. Another 50,000 metric tonnes is exported via Senegal from northern Guinea-Bissau.


The Director-General of the Tanzania Coffee Board (TCB) has said that Tanzania’s main objective in the coming decade is to double current output by the year 2020. This is in response to increasing demand for East Africa Arabica. Approximately 2/3rd of the country’s crop is Arabica and 1/3rd is robusta. Coffee is one of Tanzania’s primary agricultural export commodities, accounting for about 5% of total export value and generating export earnings averaging US $100m per annum over the last 30 years.

The coffee industry in Tanzania provides direct income to more than 400,000 farmer households, supporting the livelihoods of an estimated 2.4 million individuals. It exports most of its coffee to Italy and Germany while Japan has increasingly become an important export market during the last two years.


Expects coffee exports in July to fall by 26% to 280,000 bags (packaged in 60 kg) compared to the same month in 2011 due to farmers holding off sales in expectation of better prices, reports the Uganda Coffee Development Authority.

In July 2011, Uganda exported 375,843 bags of coffee.

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