Agric Minister attends world conference on coffee

The Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, will be among a host of international guests including Heads of States attending this year’s Annual Forum of World Coffee Producers taking place in Medellin, Columbia.

Hundreds of participants from across the globe will converge in the Southern American country to discuss issues bothering on the challenges and prospects of coffee as a major export commodity.

The event, which will take place between July 10-12, will see prominent economists, including the Director of Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University, Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, addressing participants on various topics on Sustainable Development in the Coffee World, Coffee Global Adaptation Plan, Economic Sustainability of the Coffee Producer, Rural Development and Socioeconomic Indicators in the Coffee World, among others.

The forum will also tackle the “New Coffee Agenda,” a new strategy that seeks to improve the production and marketing of coffee as a global commodity.

Dr. Afriyie Akoto, while abroad, will also engage investment partners from across the world, including a visit to Brasilia to negotiate with some Brazilians who have agreed to support the country’s agricultural mechanization.

Also attending the forum is the Senior Research Officer at COCOBOD, Mr. Patrick Zeal and Press Secretary to the Minister, Issah Alhassan.

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