Italy has announced that it is to support the commercial development of speciality coffee directed through the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
According to media reports, the support will be channelled Under the Mozambique project as part of a 5.8-Million-Euro donation from Italy for three projects which include Africa and the Middle East.
The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Giorgio Marrapodi explained that the decision was taken because of UNIDO’s competence in analysing and upgrading agribusiness value chains that is essential to improve the performance of developing countries, especially through public-private partnerships.
Marrapodi supposed that UNIDO will partner with Illycaffe and the Ernesto Illy Foundation to develop the Ibo specialty coffee.
Ibo Island is in the Quirimbas archipelago and forms part of the Quirimbas National Park, the coffee hub with a plant whose beans produce a floral coffee noted for its low levels of caffeine.