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Coffee Rust Plague Looms Over Central American Farmers

Hamburg, January 30, 2013 - A coffee rust plague is spreading over El Salvador (link), Guatemala (link) and Honduras (link), forcing governments to scramble for emergency resources to help farmers cope. Rust is detrimental to the coffee tree and thrives in the warm and wet conditions brought on by recent climate fluctuations. The  region now suffers the worst outbreak observed in recent years, expected to effect over 25% of coffee farms and threaten the livelihoods of 315,000 farmers in Guatemala alone. 

below see the effect rust has had on coffee plants in our pilot projects in Trifinio:

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