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#24 of the coffee-producing countries.
- Between 1981 and 2012, however, Gabon lost 92 % of the harvest area.
- The reason for this is the low level of governmental support for coffee production, with a focus on oil and mineral reserves.
- When the global coffee prices fell sharply from 2000 – 2004, many coffee farmers moved into urban areas.
- The coffee production and quality of the coffee beans decreased.
- Many coffee farms were neglected or completely abandoned.
- The increasing world demand and higher coffee prices have resulted in Gabon investing in the agricultural sector.
- With the CAISTAB – state stabilization funds founded in 2016 of CFA 200,000 ($ 334.000), the annual cocoa and coffee crops are bought.
- This guarantees at least 3,000 farmers the income.
- The aim is to increase the gross domestic product from 5% to 20% by 2020.
- Initiatives such as wet processing brings the Robusta quality to specialty coffee level.
- In addition, Fairtrade coffee is produced.
- 2015/2016, Gabon exported 500.000 Säcke à 60 kg of coffee – as much as Thailand and Venezuela.
- The fondness for coffee is also reflected in the African and Portuguese influenced cuisine.
- Ground coffee is used as a spice, which gives the dishes the special something.