In this article for Vice's Munchies, reported Dan Gentile draws attention to the problems that climate change is creating for the coffee industry. WCR Board member and Intelligentsia Coffee President James McLaughlin comments on the work the industry is doing to support farmers. WCR's Scientific Director Christophe Montagnon is also quoted.
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Will Coffee Survive Climate Change? We Traveled to the World’s Highest Farm to Find Out
WCR to deepen work in Latin America
WCR NewsDate: 11.29.18
At the beginning of October, a five-year, $36.4 million initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to build the agricultural sectors of coffee and cacao in five countries—El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras and Peru—was announced by the project's lead implementation partner, the international nonprofit TechnoServe. World Coffee Research is proud to bring its expertise in coffee agricultural R&D to the effort, the Maximizing Opportunities in Coffee and Cacao in the Americas (MOCCA) Project.
The Hidden Struggle to Save the Coffee Industry From Disaster
In this article for Medium, Elizabeth Dunn profiles the group of scientists who are scrambling to head off one unexpected impact of climate change - the death of coffee. The group? It's World Coffee Research. The article talks about WCR's inception, our impact since 2012, and our goals for the future.
Get to Know Julio Alvarado Quintana
WCR NewsDate: 11.26.18
Julio Alvarado Quintana has had a close relationship coffee spanning more than a decade. Over that time, he has progressed from coffee enthusiast, to coffee student while earning his master’s at the University of Udine, Trieste and Fondazione Ernersto Illy (aka illy University), to coffee researcher—he currently serves as a Research Technician contributing to WCR’s breeding program and agronomic trials in Central America. We talked to Julio to learn more about his journey and why coffee is so important to him.
The future of genetic diversity
WCR NewsDate: 11.12.18
In 2016, WCR and the Global Crop Diversity Trust spearheaded the development of the Global Conservation Strategy for Coffee Genetic Resources, providing a roadmap for the secure preservation of wild coffee species and varieties. Ensuring that these plants are conserved is essential to the sustainability of coffee and the livelihoods of farmers who depend on it. The Global Crop Diversity Trust (Crop Trust) is an international organization working to safeguard crop diversity across the globe.