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Below is a selection of coffee and cocoa images. If you would like to use any of these images, please contact us directly. We ask that you send a copy of any materials which include these pictures to CABI Commodities.
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In 1990, the Coffee Berry Borer (CBB), a pernicious coffee pest that eats coffee beans on the tree, arrived in Tamil Nadu.

India - project staff talk with coffee farmers
Spreading rapidly, the main coffee cultivation areas of the Western Ghats, covering the states of Southern Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, were hit by severe outbreaks. Infestation rates of over 50% were reported in some areas. CBB infested beans are of poorer quality and attract lower prices, drastically reducing the income of smallholder coffee farmers. Cultural control measures such as the use of picking mats, the removal of off-season berries and improved thoroughness of harvesting, were introduced by a CFC funded project (more details), and have the advantage of being both cheaper and safer than chemicals. In most cases, farmers have been able to reduce and, in some cases, stop their use of chemical pesticides. By putting these new management practices in place, smallholders find that they can now get the full purchase price available. Here, extension staff of the Coffee Board of India, and CABI Commodities staff discuss solutions with coffee farmers in Tamil Nadu.

Colombia - a member of the 'Los Pilosos' farmer group outlines the issues he faces
Farmer Participatory Research activities (more details) in Colombia have led to the development of an original model of farmer-scientist collaboration by Cenicaf staff. As part of the process farmers organised themselves into small work groups with optimistic names like 'Los Pilosos' ('The Charged-up Ones'). As well as enjoying themselves, they also felt highly motivated to continue experimenting and participating in farmer-scientist workshops, commenting that, "You made us feel important as people".

Ecuador - schoolteacher, pupils and their coffee seedling nursery
As part of a project researching integrated control solutions for the Coffee Berry Borer (more details), over a thousand farmers, schoolchildren and teachers in Ecuador were trained on agro-forestry issues. Local schoolchildren learnt agronomic techniques and set up a successful coffee nursery, growing seedlings for distribution to local smallholder farmers.

India - training of women coffee farmers
(© Indian Coffee Board)
Attendees at a workshop on IPM of Coffee Berry Borer, exclusively for women, with Coffee Board of India extension staff. A particular emphasis of one of our projects has been facilitating the involvement of women in the learning process. Though playing a significant role in coffee production, women are often underrepresented.

India - coffee groves in Andrah Pradesh
(© Indian Coffee Board)
Coffee grown under shade trees, and inter-cropped (in this case with pepper vines), in a semi-natural agroforestry setting, is a particularly rich and stable habitat for many species.

Kenya - smallholder coffee farm
Joel Kihara owns 250 coffee trees at Kariguini Thika, just 90 minutes by road from Nairobi. When we visited him in January 2002, he was getting approximately 5-00 per ton of coffee cherries - the lowest price we have yet encountered. This is indicative of the current problems facing many smallholder coffee farmers around the world.

Costa Rica - cocoa beans drying in La Lola

Ecuador - schoolchildren working on their coffee nursery

Ecuador - boy with coffee beans

Indonesia - coffee farmer with harvest

Indonesia - coffee drying in Kalimantan

India - harvesting coffee berries

India - shade grown coffee
(© Indian Coffee Board)

Kenya - sorting coffee in the mill

Ecuador - Cocoa pods
(© Eric Boa)

Ecuador - Child with cocoa beans
(© Eric Boa)

Guatemala - Going to market
(© Eric Boa)


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