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331. Farmer perspectives on Castillo

The Castillo cultivar has been the subject of considerable discussion and no small amount of controversy in the marketplace in recent years.  At the risk of oversimplification, the debate has been framed by two positions: that of representatives of Colombia’s Federación Nacional de Cafeteros, who insist that Castillo will thrive in the specialty market because […]

330. The origins of the Castillo cultivar

Colombia’s Federación Nacional de Cafeteros is a most remarkable institution.  Among the many achievements of which the FNC is justifiably proud is its long tradition of coffee research.  The Federation’s first annual budget, way back in 1927, included funding for research into coffee production and disease.  In 1938, Colombia established a National Coffee Research Center, […]

328. Colombia’s OTHER eradication campaign

Over the past decade, the U.S. government has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to help Colombia eradicate coca production.  The campaign has eliminated millions of acres of coca and been the source of considerable debate.  Opponents charge that aerial spraying — a controversial approach to eradication employed only in Colombia — has displaced farmers, […]