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World Coffee Research (WCR) is working with the Association of Central American Coffee Organizations, (PROMECAFE), to find solutions to the Coffee Leaf Rust (CLR) disaster which has caused a loss of approximately 25% of their total coffeeproduction for the 2012 year. That translates into hundreds of millions of dollars lost, tens of thousands of jobs vanished and thousands of farmers losing their farms. The Emergency Coffee Rust Summit will be held in Guatemala 18-19 April and is being sponsored by Green Mountain Coffee, Starbucks, USAID, ECOM Trading and the Borlaug Institute at Texas A&M University.
The executive director of WCR, Dr. Timothy Shilling says, “The major goal of this summit is to get a nimble and strong action plan together and start getting it implemented so that next year, more farmers won’t have to worry about losing their farms and livelihoods because of this disease. In order to do that, we’re bringing together the best scientific expertise on coffee rust to work with Central American governments and the key value chain segments to determine strategies and best practices to prevent and control future rust epidemics in the short, medium and long terms. We’ll also want to devise collective strategies for mitigating negative economic impacts and supporting coffee-dependent communities to cope and recover from this year’s disaster. “
The Summit’s core focus will be on strategies for the medium and longer terms through collaborative research and development. Over 60 scientists, exporters, roasters, fungus experts, fungicide companies, finance organizations and credit agencies will participate to assist the Central American coffee producer out of this devastating epidemic.
WCR will be posting more details of the summit over the course of the planning of the event.
Photo Credit to PROMECAFE