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  • Update from the East Africa Breeding Hub

    Project Update

    Date: 6.11.21
    Rwanda Core Collection

    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.

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    Project Update

    Date: 4.7.21
    Seed lot evaluations

    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.

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