At World Coffee Research, our team in Latin America has done our best to adapt to challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, starting with instituting a no-travel policy in March as the effects of the pandemic started to be felt globally. With our team unable to visit farmers in person, we shifted largely to digital conversations. We hold monthly check-ins via Zoom, WhatsApp, or email with all stakeholders to monitor the status of trials, relying on video and/or photographs to gauge the progress of plants in farmer field trials.
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Notes from the Field: COVID-19 in Latin America
WCR NewsDate: 8.14.20
Tierra Baja: Profitability at lower altitudes
Project UpdateDate: 7.29.20
Tierra Baja doesn’t have the advantage of high altitude that many specialty-coffee-producing farms possess. The farm, whose name translates to “Low Land,” is located at 830 meters above sea level (m.a.s.l.), where growing high-quality coffee is a challenge. Farms at this altitude typically cannot grow coffee varieties susceptible to coffee leaf rust because their coffees will not earn a high enough price to cover the cost of fighting pervasive rust damage.
Notes from the Field: COVID-19 in Kenya
WCR NewsDate: 7.16.20
By early April, the effects of COVID-19 had started to be felt across the coffee value chain, and Kenya’s government leaders instituted tough movement restrictions to curb the spread of the pandemic. Movement of agricultural inputs to growing areas and green beans to the market were disrupted, causing unanticipated delays. Extension staff from various organizations and institutions could no longer travel to coffee-growing regions, leaving coffee farmers feeling abandoned.
Tim Schilling is 2020 SCA Sustainability Champion
WCR NewsDate: 7.7.20
This week, Tim Schilling, founder of World Coffee Research and president of WCR Europe, received the 2020 Sustainability Award from the Specialty Coffee Association in the Sustainability Champion category. The winners will be honored at the digital version of Re:co Symposium on Thursday, July 16, at 11:15 a.m. Pacific time.
WATCH: 'Unlocking Sustainability's Collaborative Advantage'
WCR NewsDate: 7.1.20
On June 21, WCR hosted the webinar "Unlocking Sustainability's Collaborative Advantage," which covered what it means to build a strategic sustainability portfolio and explored some of the difficulties and and opportunities therein.
Contributing their expertise to the webinar were Nick Kirby of global sustainability platform Enveritas, Saurin Nanavati and Frederik de Vries of sustainability program developer Ethos Agriculture, and Matt Broscio of roaster-retailer Peet's Coffee & Tea. Over the course of 75+ minutes, the group discussed the current moment in coffee sustainability, how to start a strategic sustainability platform, old sustainability tools versus new ones, what the collaborative advantage means in sustainability, how coffee compani...