Early Warning System for Coffee Rust (EWS)
From a socioeconomic point of view, coffee in Central America represents one of the most important items in the agricultural sector. In the region there are around 958,000 hectares of coffee plantations, with an approximate population of 2 million people, if we consider the members of producer families and other actors in the coffee value chain, who participate in the processing, exportation, roasting, etc. In addition, the entry of foreign currency into the region for coffee exports totals more than 3,000 million USD per year, and as such contributes to the economic and social stability of the region.
In Central America and the Caribbean, more than 70% of coffee growers are small. Coffee rust has had serious repercussions on the income level of producer families, such as the one they suffered in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 campaigns, where the losses due to the impact of rust are between 15 and 20 % of the production. The purpose of the project is to develop a Regional Early Warning System (REWS) that will help prevent and mitigate the damage caused by the disease.
The technological solution
The SRAT will contribute to prevent and mitigate the impact of rust in the region, integrating climatic, phytosanitary, phenological and economic variables, allowing adequate agronomic management in time.
- Develop and launch a Regional Early Warning System for rust and other major coffee diseases.
- Decrease the damage caused by rust to 5%.
350 thousand coffee producing families in the countries where the Regional Early Warning System (EWS) would be implemented.
Sustainable Development Goals
- PROMECAFE - IICA - Guatemala
- Asociación Nacional del Café (ANACAFE) - Guatemala
- Consejo Dominicano del Café (CODOCAFE) - República Dominicana
- Instituto del Café de Costa Rica (ICAFE) - Costa Rica
- IHCAFE - Honduras
- Fundación Salvadoreña para Investigaciones de Café (PROCAFE) - El Salvador
- Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE) - Costa Rica
- MIDA - Panamá
- Junta Nacional del Café (JNC) - Perú
- COFFEE INDUSTRY BOARD (CIB) - Jamaica