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CABI-led study suggests women’s role in coffee production should be promoted across whole value chain

CABI contributes to coffee agenda at IACO 2021 Annual Meeting

Effects of credit guarantee scheme in opening up lending to smallholder coffee cooperatives in Ethiopia examined

Building the post COVID-19 resilience for Africa’s coffee sector

CABI is helping Colombia’s coffee farmers tackle a devastating pest with remote sensing technology

Enabling safe and climate smart coffee production in Colombia

The coffee berry borer (CBB) is the most serious coffee pest, worldwide, causing crop damage in excess of $US500 million, annually. In Colombia, 75% of coffee crops are affected by this pest, where it directly damages coffee beans, destroying the taste and making the beans unsaleable. Furthermore, climate change is enabling the wider spread of CBB, especially at higher altitudes. To overcome losses, the trend amongst farmers is to intensify their activities and expand growing areas. CABI and partners are producing an alert system that uses climatic data and remote sensing technology to give farmers advance warnings of CBB surges, allowing them time to access and apply controls. Biopesticides will be profiled by CABI and relayed into the alert system to further advance the farmers’ abilities to select the right product, at the right time. Women farmers are also integral to the project and to on-farm decision-making but a lack of access to information reduces their participation. This project will focus on overcoming gender disparities in coffee farming.