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World Coffee Research to Lead Groundbreaking Alliance Against Leaf Rust

Source:Daily Coffee News

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Texas A&M-based World Coffee Research and the Obama administration yesterday unveiled one the world’s most ambitious and collaborative responses to leaf rust (la roya) to date, a nearly $5 million Global Development Alliance initiative to assist smallholder farmers and the entire Central American coffee market.

Part of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Feed t... project, the initiative will be led by WCR, which is partnering with development institutions in Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama, Dominican Republic and Jamaica (PROMECAFE), and the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE).

While the project will directly benefit smallholders throughout Central America, the Caribbean and Peru, the impact is likely to spread throughout the coffee growing world by creating a public/private model for a pipeline of pest-resistant, higher-yielding and higher-quality varieties, while also monitoring market factors to determine the long-term viability of smallholder farming.

“By partnering with innovators from College Station to Colombia, we can promote broad-based economic growth for the world’s most vulnerable people,” USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah said today. “Fighting epidemics like coffee rust empower entrepreneurs and create sustainable livelihoods for families – helping entire communities become self-sufficient.”...Read more

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