The “Green Diamond”: Coffee and Conflict in the Central African Republic

Author
Fiona Mangan, Igor Acko, Manal Taha
Content Type
Special Report
Institution
United States Institute of Peace
Abstract
Coffee production is a fairly small part of the Central African Republic's economy, but it plays an outsize role in the country's ongoing conflict. Armed militia groups that hold sway over the country's main coffee growing regions and trade routes reap millions of dollars in funding to sustain their operations. This report discusses how understanding the political economy of conflict in the Central African Republic can help national and international stakeholders break the cycle of violence.
Topic
Agriculture, Natural Resources, Economy, Conflict, Violence
Political Geography
Africa, Central African Republic