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February 2014 Blog Posts (19)

Ruiru Coffee fair event

On 7th and 8th February 2014, Progreso Network was able to familiarize farmers, traders and various coffee experts who attended the fair about the benefits of Progreso Network. This was done during the Cabrio Ruiru Coffee Fair 2014, held in Coffee Research Foundation Grounds in…


Added by Progreso Network on February 28, 2014 at 1:15pm — No Comments

3rd Edition Agribusiness Directory Uganda 2014 out!

3rd Edition Agribusiness Directory Uganda 2014 is now out. To access the edition, visit this website @ Agribusiness Directory Uganda 2014

This edition has been tailor-made for easy navigation. It is divided into two sections whereby Section A is organized in form of a table for quick reference and it consists of the…


Added by Sharon Againe on February 27, 2014 at 9:11am — No Comments

Building resilient supply chains fit for the future

By Paul May

Nicaraguan coffee

As companies respond to growing consumer expectations around green credentials, businesses are looking to partnerships that bring together development know how and commercial expertise to help secure future supply, as well as offering an engaging CSR…


Added by judy on February 25, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

World Cup Means a Few Time Outs for Coffee Industry

By Leslie Josephs, Wall Street Journal  

The World Cup is coming at an awkward time for Brazil’s coffee industry.

The June 12-July 13 soccer tournament falls at the height of the coffee harvest in the world’s biggest producer.

Coffee growers, roasters and exporters are already switching up their schedules to avoid delays in shipments. But in this soccer-mad nation of 200 million people, some disruptions are going to be tough to avoid.



Added by Susan Ndila on February 24, 2014 at 8:59am — No Comments

Leaf Rust Fallout: ‘Negative Coping Strategies’ and Food Insecurity

by Michael Sheridan of CRS Coffelands Blog

The Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWSNET), a USAID-funded initiative that monitors hunger in chronically food insecure countries around the world, late last week released …


Added by Fredrick Suyanka on February 21, 2014 at 6:53am — No Comments

Brazil's coffee belt grapples with rare threat: dry heat

By Reese Ewing  

Source: Reuters - Wed, 12 Feb 2014 07:45 PM  

Author: Reuters  



Added by Susan Ndila on February 20, 2014 at 6:22am — No Comments

Coffee, Coffee, Coffee

By Bonnie Hamre

Although Latin America was late in getting into the wildly profitable coffee producing business, South American countries now produce most of the coffee consumed worldwide.

The origins of coffee are legendary, but the craze spread from Africa and Arabia to Europe, the Far East, and then to the Americas.

Requiring specialized climactic conditions to grow well and produce the most flavorful beans, the…


Added by judy on February 19, 2014 at 9:19am — No Comments

Rwanda exchange opens doors to Kenyan farmers

By John Gachiri, Business Daily

The Rwanda-based East Africa Exchange (EAX) has opened its doors for Kenyan farmers to warehouse and trade their produce, offering a potentially lucrative market that could also help to minimise price fluctuations that come with harvest seasons.

The commodities trading exchange last year set up a platform for buying and selling maize, beans, coffee, tea and other commodities for farmers to help them earn profit from their…


Added by Patrick Kihato on February 18, 2014 at 8:07am — No Comments

Kenyan coffee gains from drop in Brazil production

By Business Daily

 Coffee production has dropped from 170,000 tonnes in the 1980s to an average of 50,000 tonnes currently. FILE

Coffee prices at the Nairobi exchange shot up for the second week in a row helped by a drop in supply from Brazil, the world’s biggest producer.

A dry spell in Brazil’s coffee growing belt has raised fears of a global shortage of the commodity, in part helping to reverse a slump in prices which a few months ago had dropped to five-year low.  

At the Nairobi Coffee Exchange (NCE), the price of a 50-kilogramme bag…


Added by judy on February 17, 2014 at 6:34am — No Comments

Coffee Growers Get Help From Bees, Birds and Bats

By J. Travis Smith  

Intensified farming means coffee grown on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, in East Africa, is increasingly not being grown in the shade. This could lead to a stagnation in coffee bean yields as animal species that pollinate coffee and feed on pests could go in decline as more and more…


Added by Susan Ndila on February 13, 2014 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Empowering farmers earns Nkandu global recognition

9th February 2014

By David Ssempijja  

When Joseph Nkandu set off  to work with coffee farmers to boost productivity  in 1999, hardly did he anticipate that by now, the works of his hands would have positively transformed the social and economic statures of more than half a million farmers and earning him international recognition.

Nkandu 40, also a prominent coffee farmer was by end of last year elected an Ashoka Fellow by the World’s leading network of highly…


Added by Susan Ndila on February 10, 2014 at 9:33am — No Comments


 By National Coffee Association USA

Coffee trees produce their best…


Added by judy on February 10, 2014 at 7:38am — No Comments

Coffee Growing Practices: the Good, the Bad and the Difference

By The Culinary Institute of America.

"Eating is a political act," wrote Alice Waters, the renowned California restaurateur. Every food choice has an impact-on the environment and on those who grow and process what we eat. Surely that includes coffee, too. Coffee can be grown in ways that hurt the environment or in ways that help it, and in ways that hurt communities or help them. In recent years, conscientious people in the coffee industry and beyond have tried to…


Added by judy on February 8, 2014 at 11:31am — No Comments

Storm in the Kenyan coffee Industry

By Dr. Caesar Mwangi;

It seems there is never a dull moment for the Kenyan Coffee Industry. From coffee smuggling syndicates of the 1970’s fondly referred to as the coffee boom to the price boom of 2011 which led to record prices for farmers and an equal escalation of coffee theft in farms, in stores and in transit claiming fatalities from the ravenous coffee robbers. Coffee has in the past been referred to as black gold and it is touted to be one of the most traded…


Added by Stephen Muriithi on February 7, 2014 at 8:52am — No Comments

Coffee farmers eye 2014 boom as Brazil pulls down global output

Source: George Omondi; Business Daily

Coffee farmers are set for better fortunes this year following steady economic recovery in Europe and lower production forecast in Brazil.

The Nairobi Coffee Exchange, the central market for buyers and sellers in Kenya, said the twin factors would push up…


Added by Stephen Muriithi on February 7, 2014 at 8:49am — No Comments

Opinion: In the economics of biodiversity, money does grow on trees

By Jana Vamosi, Edmonton Journal

How many species are enough to support human life? Regrettably, we don’t yet know. But we need to find out.

The groceries you pick up at the supermarket depend on thousands of species that fertilize soil and provide the pollination necessary to…


Added by Benjamin Kiarie Gichungu on February 6, 2014 at 11:03am — No Comments

Organic farming 'boosts biodiversity and bees'

By Philip Case, Farmers Weekly.

Researchers from the University of Oxford reviewed farm data going back 30 years and they concluded that organic farms yielded greater biodiversity benefits than intensively-farmed land.

The study, published in th e Journal of Applied Ecology, also found…


Added by Fredrick Suyanka on February 6, 2014 at 8:48am — No Comments

Coffee Tasting

By Nescafe

Coffee tasting (also called coffee cupping) is done to determine the characteristics of a particular coffee blend. A coffee taster judges coffee based on appearance, aroma, body, and flavour by first smelling and then tasting the coffee. He or she will taste the coffee at various temperatures to discover all the complexities of the blend or bean.

Though coffee cupping is a professional practice, you don’t have to be a coffee connoisseur to try coffee…


Added by Patrick Kihato on February 6, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

KENYA Coffee Fact

By Embassy of the republic of Kenya in Japan

There are many types of coffees in the world and the main species are Arabica and Robusta.  Arabica is a high quality, mild coffee much favoured for blending.

Kenyan Arabica is grown on rich volcanic soils found in the highlands between 1400 to 2000 meters above sea level.  It is an established fact the finest Arabic coffee in the world is grown in Kenya.

The climate is never hotter than an European summer and…


Added by judy on February 5, 2014 at 11:12am — No Comments

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