Rimini, 22 January 2024 – The 45th edition of the International Ice Cream, Pastry, Artisan Bakery and Coffee Exhibition (SIGEP) has begun at the Rimini exhibition centre. Thanks to the collaboration between the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) and Italian Trade Office (ITA/ICE) offices in Nairobi, a representation of six coffee cooperatives, part of the entrusted initiative "Revamping the Gourmet Coffee Production in Kenya" (AID 11767), is present at the fair, to promote coffee Kenyan on foreign markets and foster connections between coffee growers' cooperatives and buyers. Yesterday, the members of the cooperatives have already paid a visit to an Italian roaster, to understand better the technologies used, the required standards and the operating methods of the Italian roasters.
During the days of the exhibition, there will be a broad vision of the role of the Agency and, in particular, of the intervention carried out in the coffee sector in Kenya. In fact, coffee tastings from the cooperatives participating in the initiative and B2B moments with potential interested parties and buyers are planned.
The ITA/ICE Agency is collaborating with AICS to optimize the project results, creating opportunities for direct meetings between the cooperatives and the Italian roasters/producers, potentially interested in directly acquiring the selected green coffee and high-quality from the Cooperative themselves.
The cultivation of coffee in Kenya, mainly Arabica, dates back to the beginning of the last century and for a long time represented one of the first national exports and a constant and reliable source of livelihood for millions of families; today it is estimated that there are six million people who work directly and indirectly around coffee. However, this cultivation has progressively lost importance over the last 30 years.
Now the initiative financed by Italian cooperation and implemented by the NGO Cefa, in partnership with Avsi and E4Impact, aims to exploit the unexpressed potential of the sector by involving 21 cooperatives in seven counties, for a total of around 45,000 farmers.
“Our commitment in the coffee sector, an Italian excellence, is an example of the attention that the Nairobi office of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation dedicates to the Planet pillar of the 2030 Agenda, through a 'climate-smart' approach that it allows us to enhance and make the coffee supply chain sustainable”, says the owner of the Kenyan branch of Aics, Giovanni Grandi. These measures include correct pruning and irrigation, and fertilization through compost, to improve the yield and quality of the plants, while at the same time enhancing their resistance to climate change and diseases.
During the fair, there will be three meetings organized by AICS and ICE aimed at the public:
Sunday 21 January, 3pm – 3.15pm | Coffee Arena – TED TALK AICS/ARABIKA “A journey through Kenya through the flavors of coffee: cup profiles, olfactory notes and hints of excellence.”
Tuesday 23 January, 4.00pm – 4.45pm | Choco Arena – TED TALK AICS/ARABIKA “From bean to cup: how Kenya and Italy collaborate to revive the production of quality coffee.”
Wednesday 24 January, 1.00pm – 2.00pm | Vision Plaza – Panel “Partnership in the coffee supply chain: challenges, prospects and role of the Italian system”.
The event on Wednesday 24 January includes the participation of the Director of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation Marco Riccardo Rusconi, the Director General of the ICE Lorenzo Galanti and Anthony Muriithi, Agriculture Attaché of the Embassy of Kenya in Italy.