Category: Farmer Issues

Report: Many of World’s Largest Coffee Roasters Not Able to Ensure Living Income for Producers

Despite sweeping claims made by the coffee industry’s corporate giants regarding sustainability accolades, at least 10 of the world’s biggest coffee roasters have failed to guarantee a living income...

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Fairtrade International Launches Living Income Reference Prices for Coffee

Spurred by the 2018/19 coffee price crisis and decades of price volatility negatively affecting farmers, Fairtrade International has launched its first ever living-income reference prices for Colombian coffee. The...

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Coffee Leaf Rust Discovered on All Major Islands of Hawaii

The highly contagious, crop-killing coffee leaf rust disease (CLR) has now been discovered on all major Hawaiian islands, according the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA). The agency informed the...

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Honduras Cup of Excellence Yields 25 Winners with Six Reaching 90+

The Honduras coffee-growing region of Santa Bárbara was heavily represented in the recently concluded Honduras Cup of Excellence green coffee competition, where 25 lots scored 87+ points to earn...

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Frost Hits Brazilian Coffee Lands, Extent of Damage Not Yet Known

[Editor’s note: Beginning two weeks ago ago, approximately three nights of frost touched farmlands in Southeastern Brazil, affecting corn, sugarcane, potato and other important food and cash crops. Frost...

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The Latest in Coffee Science: Observations from the 2021 ASIC Conference

The 2021 Association for Science and Information on Coffee (ASIC) biennial conference concluded in Montpellier, France, on July 1, and I’m feeling pretty lucky to have been able to...

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Three Questions with IWCA Executive Director Sarada Krishnan

Plant scientist and coffee sector leader Dr. Sarada Krishnan was recently named executive director of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance. Born in India to a family that owned a...

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First Laos Green Coffee Competition is Underway

The first green coffee competition ever to take place in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic is underway, part of a broad multi-stakeholder effort to boost the country’s agricultural sector...

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Mercon Coffee Group and Conservation International Launching Environmental Sustainability Assessment

International green coffee supplier Mercon Coffee Group is launching an environmental sustainability assessment program with support from corporate sustainability experts Conservation International. The assessment will apply...

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24 Winners Named at 2021 El Salvador Cup of Excellence

The nonprofit Cup and Excellence (COE) and the Salvadoran Coffee Council (CSC) have announced 24 winners of the 2021 El Salvador Cup of Excellence competition, including a longtime coffee...

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COVID-19 Shocks Likely to Cause ‘Severe Production Crisis,’ Research Finds

The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to cause a “severe production crisis” as a complex web of socio-economic factors make conditions worse for smallholder coffee farmers, according to groundbreaking new...

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The Rising C: Some Potential Hidden Consequences of Higher Prices

The recent green coffee market volatility can create a daunting situation for actors throughout the coffee supply chain. On the surface, rising prices are a good sign for farmer...

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