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A coffee renaissance is brewing, and thanks to genetics

February 1st, 2017 / Wired, US

Genes are the future of coffee. Not nitro cold brewing or beans pooped out by civets, but genes. And coffee’s gene-fueled future just drew nearer, now that scientists have sequenced the genome of the Coffea arabica coffee plant—the species that makes up the vast majority of global production—and made the …

Arabica coffee genome sequenced

January 19th, 2017 / UC Davies, US

The first public genome sequence for Coffea arabica, the species responsible for more than 70 percent of global coffee production, was released today by researchers at the University of California, Davis.
Funding for the sequencing was provided by Suntory group, an international food and beverage company based in Tokyo.
Now available for …

Suggestions on current food challenges

November 22nd, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow and farmer Michael Ssali writes: Every year, 12 million hectares of land is degraded due to drought and desertification according to the 2016 Global Food Report.
The farmers who attended the second National Coffee Festival at Mandela National Stadium, Nambole, on November 4 were introduced to the Coffee Drought …

‘I always expect a bumper harvest’

April 27th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali reports: for Richard Ssendi Walakira of Busagala Village in Kabonera Sub-county, Masaka District, farming must be focussed on the returns that the farmer expects to get. “The crop or animal must be high yielding and it should be the right breed,” he says. Read …

Should Uganda replace all its coffee trees to improve yields?

April 18th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Government should take radical steps to uproot over 90 per cent of existing coffee plantations, to replace them with newer higher-yielding varieties, if the industry is to be revamped to better incomes and bigger revenues from the globally-prized crop. Read …

Coffee farming: planning for the next generation

March 11th, 2016 / Daily Monitor

Farmer and B4FA Fellow, Michael Ssali, writes: Joseph Nkandu, the executive director, National Union of Coffee Agribusiness and Farmers Enterprises (Nucafe), believes that teaching Ugandans to build and sustain family-based coffee enterprises is crucial for creating sustainable wealth and jobs. Read …

How to graft quick-growing seedlings

March 3rd, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Michael Ssali reports: NARO-Kamenyamiggo Satellite Station located in Kingo Sub-county, Lwengo District has also set up an improved coffee seedling propagation and multiplication unit solely to supply clean, quick growing, and high yielding plantlets to interested farmers at affordable prices, according to Dr Nicholas Ssekabunga who took Seeds …

Are small-scale coffee farmers in Tanzania safe from potential agrochemical health hazards?

January 15th, 2016 / B4FA.org

by Dr. Jared Bakuza, Dar es Salaam University College of Education, Tanzania
Introduction
Coffee is grown in several parts of Tanzania, including in the regions of Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Tanga to the northeast, Kagera and Kigoma regions to the northwest, and Katavi, Mbeya and Iringa regions in the Southern Highlands. Since 2002, …

Inter-planting coffee and banana to cope with climate change

January 2nd, 2016 / IPS

Studies by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and partner organizations show that a Ugandan farmer gets 50 per cent more income from inter cropping coffee and banana than from growing either crop alone. Conducted in over 30 districts of Uganda, the study showed that coffee yield remained the …

Growing coffee varieties resistant to CWD

December 17th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Farmer Joseph Musisi Ssebatta talks to B4FA Fellow, Michael Ssali, about his CWD-resistant coffee nursery, “We expected that by 2015 the country (Uganda) would be exporting at least 4.5 million 60-kilogram-bags which it used to export long ago but unfortunately this has not yet happened mainly due to the coffee …