The key activity of this pilot project included a demonstration of coffee rehabilitation schemes by showing how production could be increased on abandoned coffee estates and how displaced people could be resettled. The project provided support services, such as rural extension, credit facilities and marketing information services. Other aid agencies assisted in support for non-commodity related resettlement activities of the farmers.
The project has contributed to improved coffee production practices introduced in the Port Amboin zone of Kwanza Sul Province in Angola. Production increased three fold: from 529 MT in 2006 to 1,537 MT in 2012. The 2011 production was even higher than in 2012 because the 2012 drop was the result of an unusual drought. One significant feature of the project was the high level of ownership of the project by the stakeholders. The experience from the project was disseminated to other locations of the country as a resettlement model. The project operational activities officially closed during the second half of 2012 while the loan repayment is scheduled to be completed by 2016.
More than 324 nurseries were created and managed by individual farmers (individual nurseries) or associations (community nurseries), resulting in the production of over 13 million coffee seedlings. The total areas of rehabilitated coffee farms reached 7,798 hectares with a density of 2,200 plants per ha. The productivity increased to 544 kg/ha compared to 110 kg/ha on average before the project. Prices to growers are now linked to international market as they receive more than 70% of the FOB prices. Furthermore, 1,220 families were resettled and distributed land too. Families also received tools and seeds to produce food crops and coffee. In 2013, over 1,652 students, including 925 boys and 758 girls were attending the school renovated under the project in four district.
Common Fund Loan: USD 2,760,000