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United in combating coffee rust

Hamburg, July 23rd, 2013 – Yet another coffee disease is making the headlines this year: coffee rust or La Roya, a fungal disease attacking coffee leaves and resulting in reduced harvests and reduced coffee quality.

In Central America, this disease has been spreading at epidemic speed during the past months. According to the International Coffee Organization (ICO), more than half of Central America’s coffee growing area has been affected by rust for the upcoming harvesting season, heavily impacting on the livelihoods of thousands of smallholder coffee farmers in the region.

Combating La Roya is central to strengthening the position of smallholder farmers and to ensuring healthy coffee in the affected regions. Therefore, different projects from the Trifinio region have gotten together and developed a poster to circulate information about rust management. This includes raising the awareness of the effects of the disease as well as sharing different ways of preventing rust outbreaks or dealing with infested crops.

In coordination with the different organizations working in the Trifinio region, local technicians and farmer organizations have started to disseminate the posters in May 2013 hoping to reach out to a wide audience.

To take a closer look at the poster (only available in Spanish), please click on the image on the upper left.

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