GOVERNMENT is working on a plan to increase coffee output by 37 percent in six years, after production slipped from 15 000 metric tonnes (mt) in 1989 to about 200 mt last year. Under the strategy that is being laid out through a paper titled Strategic Review of the Coffee Sub-Sector in Zimbabwe commissioned by government and the Livelihood and Food Security Programme, coffee output will increase to 6 300mt this year and rise to 10 000 mt in 2024. The paper acknowledges that the coffee sector has virtually collapsed in Zimbabwe, where it previously generated $54 million in exports and employed over 20 000 workers at its peak in 1989. Coffee contributed 2,1 percent to gross domestic product at…