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High extinction risk for wild coffee species plus coffee price slump leaves farmers earning less

Posted by Charles Clerck (Admin) Jan 17, 2019

The report was published in Science magazine. In an abstract from the report it states "Wild coffee species are critical for coffee crop development and, thus, for sustainability of global coffee production. Despite this fact, the extinction risk and conservation priority status of the world’s coffee species are poorly known. The report found that at least 60% of all coffee species are threatened with extinction, 45% are not held in any germplasm collection, and 28% are not known to occur in any protected area. Existing conservation measures, including those for key coffee CWRs (crop wild relative), are inadequate" You can read the full report here.

The story was picked up by CNN and the UK Guardian newspaper

In a similiar thread, a slump in global coffee prices to their lowest in nearly 13 years in September is raising questions about whether it's worth growing beans at all in some of the traditional coffee heartlands of Central America, Colombia and Ethiopia. The main factor behind the latest slide in prices was a bumper coffee crop in Brazil, by far the world's biggest producer. You can read the full story here

This post was edited on Mar 14, 2019 by Charles Clerck

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Comments (1)

Linus Munishi says... Jan 21, 2019

How can scientists work with farmers in supporting-agricultural-research-innovation-and-pro-poor-technologies that can rescue coffee from (local and global) extinction?

We have had established evidence that changes in climate, land use and human populations driving the cash crop in extinction on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

Farmers are striving to adopt any cost-effective technology (e.g. water use efficiency technology) that can support the growth of the crop as well better rainwater harvesting technologies to aid the sustain the coffee production in the area 

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