At least 100 million
people are directly and indirectly employed in the South producing
coffee and cocoa, and small-holder producers are threatened by low
prices, technological change and liberalised markets. They face problems
ensuring a quality product, and effectively combating pests and diseases
that threaten their livelihoods.
At CABI Commodities we believe that it
is vitally important for smallholder farmer commodity production to
remain profitable, yet environmentally sustainable. Our fundamental
purpose is to help them achieve this by providing effective solutions
based on decades of experience world-wide.
To find out more about our aims, projects we are involved in (coffee
and cocoa) and the
technical support services we offer in sustainable coffee and cocoa
production, crop protection, post-harvest processing and farmer training,
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Research On Cocoa - working with and for farmers
want of US$3, Anastacia Akuli's education was lost…Joseph Peter, who has
looked after his eight year-old granddaughter since her parents died of
AIDS, says he has been able to afford only Tsh 1,500 of the Tsh 4,000
fee for her first school year. It is a paltry sum - the price of a cup
of gourmet coffee in London. But the revenue Mr Peter receives from his
coffee crop is simply not enough, and there are also Anastacia's medical
bills to pay."
[Mark Turner, Financial Times, December 17th 2001, "Survey - Tanzania"]
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