The East African Breeding Hub (EABH) was established in 2018 by World Coffee Research (WCR), participating countries, and the hub host, the Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) in order to support the next generation of coffee varieties for East Africa and to sustain the industry’s genetic and breeding pools not only in Rwanda but also across the region. In 2020, the EABH focused on breeding material evaluation, introducing molecular approaches, and organizing workshops for the region’s coffee breeders.
News and knowledge
Update from the East Africa Breeding Hub
Project UpdateDate: 6.11.21
Project UpdateDate: 4.7.21
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.
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
Tasting a new variety for the very first time
Project UpdateDate: 10.19.20
Since its inception in 2012, World Coffee Research has worked to establish dozens of trial sites around the world testing both existing and new varieties in different environments, both on research stations and in farmers’ fields. Many of those sites are starting to produce mature harvests, meaning the trees are ready to be evaluated for performance in the field—and in the cup. In 2019, one trial site testing new variety candidates in Costa Rica produced its first production harvest. WCR invited 20 industry cuppers to give feedback on the coffees.
Yemeni coffee—how genetically diverse is it?
Project UpdateDate: 9.18.20
Until recently, very little was known about the diversity of Yemen’s coffees outside of anecdotes and observation. But in 2014, WCR partnered with Dr. Al Hakimi of S'ana University to explore the diversity of Yemeni coffees as part of a larger analysis of arabica genetic diversity. The study, published in Nature Scientific Reports in January 2020, expanded our knowledge of Yemen coffee's genetic diversity.