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Climate change is making coffee a risky bet for Central America
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Climate change is making coffee a risky bet for Central America

Zach Dyer - November 14, 2014

Growing coffee — a reliable staple in Central America — has become increasingly risky in recent years as climate change has caused evermore extreme weather. But farmers who take…

Genetically modified coffee could be just around the corner
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Genetically modified coffee could be just around the corner

Rachel Feltman | The Washington Post - September 7, 2014

A consortium of scientists announced Thursday in Science that they've sequenced the coffee genome for the first time. By determining all of the genes that make up…

Despite drought, Central American coffee harvest is looking up
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Despite drought, Central American coffee harvest is looking up

Zach Dyer - September 4, 2014

Central American coffee farmers have struggled with a ravenous fungus, drought and low prices for the last several years. However, it looks like the 2014/2015 harvest might start…

New smartphone app lets farmers crowdsource coffee fungus alerts
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New smartphone app lets farmers crowdsource coffee fungus alerts

Zach Dyer - August 21, 2014

A new smart phone app could help warn coffee farmers in Costa Rica about an impending outbreak of the fungus roya, or other pests. Developed by the…

Costa Rica expects 7 percent higher yields in next coffee harvest
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Costa Rica expects 7 percent higher yields in next coffee harvest

L. Arias - June 17, 2014

The Costa Rican Coffee Institute (ICAFÉ) on Tuesday said current estimates indicate the 2014-2015 coffee harvest will be better than the previous season, due mostly to the…

USAID to invest $5 million to combat coffee fungus epidemic in Central America
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USAID to invest $5 million to combat coffee fungus epidemic in Central America

Zach Dyer - May 19, 2014

Central American countries have spent years battling the crippling coffee fungus known as roya or leaf rust. Now the U.S. Agency for International Development has decided to…

Jolt of aid approved for struggling coffee farmers
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Jolt of aid approved for struggling coffee farmers

Zach Dyer - February 10, 2014

Six months after President Laura Chinchilla’s government proposed ₡20 billion — roughly $40 million — in aid to Costa Rica’s struggling coffee farmers, the Comptroller General’s Office approved the…

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