Media CenterWashington Post: The Race to Save Coffee
Among the many programs Catholic Relief Services (CRS) manages throughout Latin America, one of them is assisting coffee farmers. Climate change and diseases like coffee leaf rust create difficult challenges for small-scale coffee farmers, many of whom already live on the edge of poverty. One approach to combat the challenges is F1 hybrid plants, which are bred to be more disease and drought resistant...but they're also more expensive. In the Washington Post's The Race to Save Coffee, author Caitlin Dewey spoke with Kraig Kraft, an agroecologist and technical adviser for CRS. He notes that in parts of Central America, only midsize and large plantations have switched to F1 hybrids, and said:
“I think our position is that we need to really understand the requirements for all farmers to be able to use these new technologies,” Kraft said. “My concern is that small farmers don’t have access to the capital to pay for these investments.”
For more, read The Race to Save Coffee from the Washington Post.