In 2022, World Coffee Research (WCR) reinforced a premise that has been the foundation of its work since the organization’s founding in 2012—if climate change is our flood, innovation is our ark. As industry risk exposure grows due to climate change and the significant investment gap in agricultural research and development (R&D) for coffee, WCR is working to accelerate change for farmers across the world.
“I am proud to say that, this year, WCR member companies and our research partners made huge strides that are, quite frankly, just the right size and at just the right point to address the situation the world faces today,” said Chief Executive Officer Dr. Jennifer “Vern” Long, “We have focused our portfolio on the highest-leverage investments for overcoming the sheer magnitude of the climate crisis, driving the greatest value for our members, and implementing action on a global scale.”
The 2022 annual report includes updates on WCR’s four major program areas—breeding, trials, nursery, and global leadership—and highlights regarding the progress that the organization has made over the past year alongside its global members and partners.
We would like to extend a special thank you to Pil Hoon Seu, founder of Coffee Libre, a WCR member company, and the Specialty Coffee Association of Japan, for assisting with the translations of this report and helping us extend our reach to coffee communities globally.