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252. This is what a baseline looks like

Beginning next month, more than 40 agronomists and community organizers will fan out across the highlands of Nariño, Colombia, and along the agricultural frontier in Ecuador’s northern Amazon region to collect baseline data from more than 1,000 smallholder farmers participating in our Borderlands Coffee Project.  We began working in earnest on the baseline survey back […]

248. GCQRI reborn as WCR

The industry-led effort formerly known as GCQRI (the Global Coffee Quality Research Initiative) announced yesterday that it has been reborn as WCR (World Coffee Research) and will begin research in select origins this month in service of its mission: To grow the Arabica coffee supply chain in a sustainable way through collaborative agricultural research and […]

216. The CRS Coffeelands Blog turns 2

Today the CRS Coffeelands Blog celebrates the second anniversary of its inaugural post back on 9 November 2009.  The blog has managed to turn our experience in CAFE Livelihoods and other projects at origin into more than 200 original posts over the past two years — posts that have  generated thoughtful discussion among leading figures […]

203. The R word

Today I grab the third rail of coffee quality: the R word.  After nearly eight years of working for CRS on high-value Arabica coffee in Central America, I have relocated to Ecuador to direct the Borderlands Coffee Project, which will be helping to reactivate a Robusta coffee culture in decline in the Amazon.  We are […]

138. And now for something completely different

With apologies to Monty Python (and to anyone who might object to reading here about something other than coffee): today’s post is about cacao.  Not just any cacao, but cacao fino de aroma from Ecuador, one of the world’s finest varietals.  I recently visited the Ecuadoran Amazon, where we will soon be starting the Borderlands […]

137. A glimpse of Nariño

In my last post I mentioned that we are hiring a director for the Borderlands Coffee Project, which will serve more than 3,000 farmers on both sides of the Colombia-Ecuador border.  Earlier this month, I visited with partners and farmers in a half-dozen communities on the Colombia side as part of our project start-up activities.  […]


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CRS is working with more than 35,000 smallholder coffee farmers in 12 countries in Central and South America, the Caribbean, East Africa and Southeast Asia.  Our projects help farmers increase coffee productivity, quality and income.  We also work to help coffee-farming families expand non-coffee livelihoods alternatives and reduce their vulnerability to hunger.  And adapt to […]