Coffee Farming and agriculture

Ted Fisher

“MAKING BETTER COFFEE.” INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR TED FISHER ON HIS NEW BOOK. 

I was recently sent a review copy of a new book from the Anthropologist Ted Fisher and asked if I’d like to review it. At the time, I had 12 books stacked by my reading chair, and I might have sounded less than enthusiastic. The pdf sat on my hard drive for a couple of …

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COLOMBIA AGING WORKFORCE IN THE COFFEE SECTOR

The Pulitzer Centre wrote a detailed article looking at the challenges faced by the Colombian coffee industry. Author Brett Marsh documents the life of several farm workers juxtaposed to the local youths who prefer to work as mechanics, delivery drivers or who leave for the bigger cities. Retiring workers often struggle to make ends meet, …

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Cocoa Nigeria

DOES GHANA COCOA BOARD THINK NIGERIA IS IN FOR COOPERATION OR COMPETITION WITH THEIR COCOA SECTOR RENAISSANCE?

Further in the conversation, I asked about their overarching goals with this revival. I wanted to understand where their focus was. Whether they were going to repeat Ghana’s mistakes of prioritising the political benefits and any benefit to the farmer to be an unintended consequence, he highlighted Increasing youth employment, the attraction of Foreign Direct …

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BLACK SOLDIER FLIES HELP CURB UGANDA FERTILISER CRISIS

In the midst of Ugandan farmers’ struggle with the soaring prices of fertiliser as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, help comes unexpectedly in the form of a black soldier fly (BSF), an insect whose stomach enzymes turn food waste into fertiliser. Peter Wakisi, a Ugandan villager and father of four, used to worry …

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Brazil Coffee

BRAZIL CONTINUES TO SUFFER FROM REDUCED COFFEE CROP

Bloomberg reported Wednesday that Brazil, the world’s top Arabica exporter, is accumulating huge losses due to the consistently unusual weather, resulting in lower yields that threaten to prolong a global supply crunch. Drought and cold disrupted flowering last season, and severe frosts in July 2021 forced farmers to cut down coffee trees at a time …

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Kenya Coffee Sacks

CONFUSION AS KENYA COFFEE FAILS IMPORT TESTS IN JAPAN, BUT PASSES IN GERMANY

A question over whether Kenyan coffee has excessive amounts of pesticide residue has once again surfaced following a report by Japanese authorities. The authorities said that samples taken from a shipment of Kenyan coffee contained signs of chlorpyrifos — an active ingredient found in insecticides and considered harmful to humans above a specific dosage.Following this …

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NEUMANN KAFFEE GRUPPE EXPANDS ON VERIFIED SUSTAINABLE COFFEES

Neumann Kaffee Gruppe (NKG) expands its range of traceable coffees that meet key sustainability criteria. The number of companies implementing the group’s supply chain program NKG Verified continues to grow. NKG Verified offers customers traceable coffees produced on farms meeting economic, social and environmental indicators. Hamburg, Germany; August, 10, 2022 NKG Verified improves transparency along the supply …

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ETHIOPIAN RESEARCHERS DISCOVER TREATMENT FOR COFFEE WILT DISEASE

In a report by the state-run Ethiopian News Agency (ENA), researchers at Addis Ababa University in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, discovered a new medicine that can treat a fungal disease that causes coffee plants to dry. The new treatment primarily prevents coffee wilt disease (CWD). The disease is known to block water from moving up …

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CQI AND NEUMANN KAFFEE GRUPPE PILOT ROBUSTA TRAINING IN UGANDA

The Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) and Neumann Kaffee Gruppe (NKG), as one of the main training sponsors and partners, piloted a new Robusta training with a workshop on NKG’s Kaweri Coffee Plantation, Uganda. The learnings from this workshop will be incorporated in new Q Processing 2 Robusta course that will offer opportunities to change the …

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Ethiopia Coffee Farm

ETHIOPIA’S COFFEE EXPORT LAWS DRIVE LOCAL SALES UNDERGROUND

Coffee is Ethiopia’s most important export, delivering hard currency the country needs for its reserves to purchase foreign goods. According to the Observatory for Economic Complexity OEC, Ethiopia, coffee exports accounted for 24.6% of the country’s total exports in 2020. The country is the largest exporter of coffee in Africa by value and is known …

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Honduras Coffee

NORMAN BORLAUG INSTITUTE ESTABLISHES COFFEE INSTITUTE IN HONDURAS

The Norman Borlaug Institute is an institution named after possibly the most famous agronomist, who won the Nobel Peace prize after his research revolutionised food yields. He was credited with saving billions of lives from starvation. The Institute is active in Honduras and is now working to improve the quality of life for Hondurans. It …

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Vietnam Coffee Farm

FERTILISER COST PUSHING VIETNAMESE COFFEE FARMERS TO OTHER CROPS

The ongoing war in Ukraine has affected the global fertiliser supply, among other commodities that keep the world going. Fertiliser prices have gone up in many countries, forcing governments and farmers to implement various strategies. The Kenyan government, for example, has distributed subsidised fertiliser to coffee farmers in an effort to increase both yield and …

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