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March 2014 Blog Posts (10)

East Africa Coffee farmer's face mutiple challenges

by Willie McGhee

Selling coffee is vital to the livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers in Africa. Growing coffee as a cash crop on small pieces of land in the Horn of Africa is not easy. The growing conditions for coffee farmers in East Africa have become more unpredictable in the last ten years. Erratic and often adverse changes to…


Added by judy on March 24, 2014 at 10:43am — No Comments

Rwanda: Coffee Experts Discuss Growth Strategies

By Ignatius Ssuuna, 16 March 2014 -      

Kigali — COFFEE experts highlighted the need to commit more funds in more scientific research, agronomics, innovations and market outlets to grow the industry.

The coffee experts from across the world including United States, United Kingdom, South Korea, South Africa, Kenya, Burundi and Uganda are meeting in Kigali for a two-day coffee research symposium workshop.

The National Agriculture Export Board (NAEB) is organising the…


Added by Susan Ndila on March 21, 2014 at 8:17am — No Comments

Coffee shops, farmers and a banker team up to save Latin American coffee

By Jason Margolis

Coffee trees in Central and South America are in danger. They have always been vulnerable to a disease called leaf rust, or la roya in Spanish. But now a warmer, wetter climate is creating the worst outbreak in a generation.

Some 2 million people work in the coffee industry from Guatemala to Peru. Now, an estimated 400,000 of them are out of work. And, things could get worse. 

Thousands of miles north in New…


Added by judy on March 19, 2014 at 6:53am — No Comments

The Story Of Coffee

By International Coffee Organization

The global spread of coffee growing and drinking began in the Horn of Africa, where, according to legend, coffee trees originated in the Ethiopian province of Kaffa. It is recorded that the fruit of the plant, known as coffee cherries, was eaten by slaves taken from present day Sudan into Yemen and Arabia through the great port of its day, Mocha. Coffee was certainly being cultivated in Yemen by the 15th century and probably much earlier. In an…


Added by judy on March 14, 2014 at 11:34am — No Comments

Tanzania: Coffee Remains Crucial Crop Despite Low Output

Tanzania Daily News  

  LOW production capacity of coffee farmers in the country denies them opportunity to harness fully the global demand that could lead to increased income generation.

Official figures from the Tanzania Coffee Board (TCB) shows that…


Added by Susan Ndila on March 12, 2014 at 6:46am — No Comments

Revisions Could Relax Rainforest Alliance Coffee Standards

Source: Daily Coffee News

rainforest alliance SAN coffee farms

A SAN representatives meets with…


Added by Fredrick Suyanka on March 11, 2014 at 6:43am — No Comments

Uganda considers developing drought resistant coffee beans

By Elias Biryabarema

AMPALA (Reuters)- Uganda, Africa's biggest coffee exporter, wants to develop a coffee bean that is resistant to drought to help mitigate the impact of climate change on its crop, the state-run industry regulator said on Tuesday.

The east African nation expects to export 3.50 million 60-kg bags in the 2013/14 (Oct-Sept) coffee season, a fraction below the previous year's 3.58 million bags and has cited low rainfall as one reason for the lower…


Added by judy on March 7, 2014 at 9:11am — No Comments

The Outcome of coffee marketing challenge

Progreso Network, in collaboration with Fair Trade Organization of Kenya held a coffee marketing challenge, which ended on 31st January, 2014. The challenge was able to generate forty six participants from three different countries which included Kenya, Uganda and one from USA. Most of the…


Added by Progreso Network on March 4, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

CGAP Seeks Examples of Innovative Finance for Smallholder Farmers

How did you reach smallholders with an innovative product or financial service?

Smallholder farmers and their families comprise the largest group of people (by livelihood) living on less than $2 a day. As part of a new initiative to understand how tailored financial services can help these families, CGAP is seeking examples from businesses who have successfully taken to scale a viable financial product, range of products, or services for smallholder families.

CGAP will…


Added by erin on March 3, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Climate change may be causing a global coffee shortage

Coffee beans


If there was ever a reason to rise up in support of a benevolent climate-obsessed world dictator, this could be it.

An epic drought — Brazil's worst in decades — is threatening exports from the world's…


Added by judy on March 3, 2014 at 7:48am — No Comments

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