Comments Off on ROYA IS EVOLVING. SO WHAT NOW?
World Coffee Research has spoken. Lempira, a high-yielding, popular variety planted throughout Honduras is no longer what thousands of farmers hoped that it would be: resistant to coffee leaf rust. While there is not yet any conclusive scientific evidence that la roya has evolved into a new race or strain, all indications are pointing to […]
Comments Off on COFFEE LEAF RUST REARS ITS UGLY HEAD AGAIN
Right in the build up to the SCA, there popped up a bit of news out of Honduras that caught my attention. Like the villain in the in a cheesy horror movie, coffee leaf rust, better known as la roya, just won’t go away. Initial reports in late March said that there was an outbreak […]
Comments Off on Incentivizing farmer-led renovation in Guatemala
A few months ago, in the offices of Anacafé in Guatemala City, the II Cumbre de la Roya was held, 2 years after the initial meeting. The objective of the meeting was to take stock of what has happened since the first meeting and to see how the Central American coffee sector was recovering from […]
Comments Off on Knocking on Coffee’s Door: Cocoa’s Case as a Coffee Farm Alternative
In previous Coffeelands posts we have written about the importance of diversifying smallholder coffee farms as a hedge against falling coffee prices, low coffee productivity resulting from disease (such as coffee leaf rust) and other factors. Diversification into other crops such as nuts, plantains and fruit, among others, also helps to ensure that a farmer […]
Comments Off on 427. A conversation with Ric Rhinehart on the future of coffee in Mesoamerica
Last week I participated in Let’s Talk Coffee, importer Sustainable Harvest’s annual value chain event, for the fifth time. The content of the event was broader the caliber of the speakers higher than at any other LTC event I remember. But the best presentation of the event—the one that still has me thinking the better […]
Comments Off on 419. Coffee leaf rust update: Get the humanitarian aid ready
Back in May, FEWS NET predicted that coffee leaf rust would create a food security Crisis in coffee-growing regions in eastern and western Guatemala between July and September. It did. Two weeks ago, FEWS NET issued this update on coffee leaf rust and food security in Central America that delivered more bad news: poor rainfall has […]
Comments Off on 409. The coming crisis in the coffeelands
The Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS NET) released another update on the food security situation in Central America last week. I have not been working directly on our response to coffee leaf rust in Central America, and I have not been publishing much here lately. But I felt compelled by a “lost-in-translation” moment in […]
Comments Off on 391. Coffee leaf rust update: Nicaragua
Today we hear from my colleagues in Nicaragua in the final installment in a week-long series of comments by CRS field staff on the FEWS NET coffee rust shock report for Central America.
Comments Off on 390. Coffee leaf rust update: El Salvador
This week my colleagues and I have been sharing perspectives on the FEWS NET Special Report on coffee leaf rust and food insecurity in Central America. Today: El Salvador.
Comments Off on 389. Coffee leaf rust update: Honduras
Last week FEWS NET issued a Special Report on coffee leaf rust and food security in Central America. This week I am asking colleagues working in Central America for their perspectives on the report and the current CLR situation in the region. Today: Honduras.