Smallholder coffee farmers face many challenges, from the unpredictability wrought by the climate crisis to aging trees. A critical but less visible challenge is coffee’s lack of an organized seed sector—farmers have few guarantees that their seeds are genetically pure or healthy. In 2019, WCR joined the Maximizing Opportunities in Coffee and Cacao in the Americas (MOCCA) project, funded by USDA and led by Technoserve, enabling us to expand our seed sector work in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Peru.
News and knowledge
Project UpdateDate: 4.7.21
WCR unveils strategy for the next five years
WCR NewsDate: 2.12.21
WCR has unveiled its new strategy for the next five years, which prioritizes supporting origin diversity in the face of the climate crisis through the acceleration of innovations in coffee agriculture.
Researching variety performance in Australia
WCR NewsDate: 1.7.21
Coffee has been grown in Australia since the 1800s, though never in a commercial capacity. But the country is capable of producing specialty coffee, and is now participating in research trials with WCR.
The Coffee Podcast: Coffee seed sector
Project UpdateDate: 12.17.20
WCR's Kraig Kraft is featured in a new episode of The Coffee Podcast
The Coffee Podcast: Agricultural Research & Development
WCR NewsDate: 12.17.20
Focusing on the topic of agricultural R&D with Vern Long on The Coffee Podcast