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September 2013 Blog Posts (8)

Support to coffee farmers awakens development in rural Sao Paulo, Brazil

  Mariana Ceratti / World Bank

With the new harvester, Luís Carlos "Japao" Bassetto (left), his cousin Carlos Alberto, and the cooperative they work at will be able to sell more coffee to fair trade…


Added by Susan Ndila on September 26, 2013 at 11:06am — No Comments

International course on 'Integrated Seed Sector Development' (ISSD), 19 May - 6 June 2014, Wageningen, The Netherlands - APPLY NOW!

Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD)

19 May – 6 June 2014, Wageningen, the Netherlands


- NFP Fellowships available – apply before 1 October 2013   -



Over the last decades, the formal seed system in most developing countries has shifted from a publicly dominated sector to a privately dominated sector. However, throughout the world, the largest quantities of seed are still produced by farmers…


Added by Didier MUYIRAMYE on September 18, 2013 at 2:28pm — No Comments

Policy failures and inadequate technical capacity hurting Kenya’s coffee industry


Coffee is an important cash crop in Kenya due to its contribution to foreign exchange earnings, farm incomes, rural development, employment generation and food security, especially to smallholder coffee growers who belong to cooperative…


Added by Zipporah Muthoni on September 10, 2013 at 11:17am — No Comments

Coffee Crisis in Central America: Support “Fair Trade”

By Prof. Gavin Fridell, Global Research

A major coffee crisis is brewing in Central America. Its impact has already been felt by the poorest workers and farmers, and things could get a whole lot worse. In 2012 an outbreak of “coffee leaf rust” (a fungus that has long haunted the industry) hit Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. The outbreak is the worst in over thirty years, affecting over 50 per cent of the total coffee growing area in the region,…


Added by Fredrick Suyanka on September 10, 2013 at 10:48am — No Comments

Cup of Excellence 2013 - sustaining Rwandan coffee quality, improving farmer’s income. Best coffee producers awarded !!!

Rwanda has, for the fifth time, awarded the best locally produced coffee, as this year’s edition of Cup of Excellence competition came to an end.

The competition is organised as part of efforts to encourage quality production, attract many clients from across the world and increase revenues from the…


Added by Didier MUYIRAMYE on September 9, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Empowering women in coffee production

By Senga Gall

Norma Gaeda Paiva is a coffee farmer and member of the coffee co-operative, SOPEXCCA, in Nicaragua.…


Added by Susan Ndila on September 9, 2013 at 8:56am — No Comments

Making the business case for certification

by Jason Clay

Increasingly, the private sector is realising the business value of certification. It's not just because they can sell higher-priced products to socially or environmentally conscious consumers. It's because certification makes producers more sustainable – they are more…


Added by Zipporah Muthoni on September 6, 2013 at 10:57am — No Comments

New technologies for cocoa farming pull youth, secure chocolate

By Daisy Ouya

“In one of our project sites in Cote d’Ivoire, a university graduate recently went back to his family’s cocoa farm of his own accord,” Christophe Kouamé said, to make the point that new technologies can make farming more appealing to young people. The senior…


Added by Susan Ndila on September 5, 2013 at 11:50am — No Comments

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