SCA x WCR Hosting Two Webinars: Coffee Farm Profitability from the Ground Up

Updated May 23: Thank you to all who joined us for these two webinars on farming profitability hosted by World Coffee Research. You can watch the first webinar (East Africa) above and the second webinar (Latin America) here.

SCA Sustainability Center continues the series on the economic sustainability of coffee production with two webinars that highlight a major global trial investigating coffee farming profitability from World Coffee Research. The webinars will take place on May 21 at 7am PDT / 2pm GMT and May 23 at 9am PDT / 4pm GMT.

In an era of low prices, the trial produces unprecedented knowledge about what approaches to farming are profitable globally. Almost everywhere we go, we find that coffee farmers are shouldering all the risk in coffee production because there is little information on the best varieties and agricultural practices, no access to the right plants, or not enough knowledge on how to prepare for the next drought or epidemic. Because of these seemingly simple barriers, many farmers that could be profitable aren’t.

World Coffee Research, together with dozens of partners, is building an unprecedented network of global on-farm trials to discover which varieties and agricultural practices are most profitable for coffee producers around the world.

The Global Coffee Monitoring Program addresses one of the most important decisions farmers make: Which plants and practices are right for my farm? For my climate? For my buyers? We’ll explore the platform’s aim to use rigorous, on-farm science to create a global data set that addresses the profitability of coffee farming from the ground up.

Africa – Tuesday, May 21 at 7am PDT / 2pm GMT
Watch the recorded webinar here

Presenters: Hanna Neuschwander (WCR Communications Director), Pascal Gakwaya Kalisa (Global Coffee Monitoring Program Regional Coordinator, East Africa)
Joining them will be agronomists from each country in the region who made the trial happen: Maureen Nagugalu (Uganda), Sylvain Roulin (Congo), Jean Paul Rugwiro (Rwanda), Samuel Thuo (Kenya)
Latin America – Thursday, May 23 at 9am PDT / 4pm GMT
Presenters: Hanna Neuschwander, Sara Bogantes (Global Coffee Monitoring Program Regional Coordinator, Central America)
Joining them will be agronomists: Josue Callejas (El Salvador), Elly Castro (Nicaragua), Vivianna Medina (Puerto Rico), Jose Paiz (Guatemala), Hector Santos Rojos (Honduras), James Astuhuaman (Peru)
Learn more about the presenters:
Hanna Neuschwander
As director of communications for World Coffee Research, Hanna has become one of the world’s foremost “explainers” of coffee agricultural science. Whether she’s describing the impact of climate change to a room full of coffee roasters, or coffee genetics to a hedge fund trader, or coffee brewing to her mom, the intersection of coffee and science is her passion. She writes regularly and speaks globally about the future of coffee and coffee agriculture. (See talks here and here and here).  She is the author of over 50 magazine articles on coffee, and of the book Left Coast Roast.
Pascal Gakwaya Kalisa
As the regional director of the WCR Global Coffee Monitoring Program in East Africa, Pascal is overseeing the implementation of 350 trials in farmer fields across 9 countries over the next three years. His career in coffee began more than 15 years ago, when he worked as an agronomist and coffee washing station manager with Rwanda’s first specialty coffee washing station, MARABA. He has since worked as a sustainability and farmer relationship manager at KZNOIR Limited, where he supported 10,000 coffee farmers by managing certification programs and creating projects that impacting community. Pascal was involved in the SPREAD and PEARL projects with Dr. Tim Schilling in the mid-2000s as coffee quality manager. He has training in coffee cupping, export processes, and coffee marketing.
Sara Bogantes
As the regional director of the WCR Global Coffee Monitoring Program in Central America, Sara is overseeing the implementation of 500 trials in farmer fields across 13 countries over the next three years. Before joining WCR, Sara worked at the Doka Estate and La Hilda coffee plantations in Costa Rica. She has developed and implemented agricultural best practices, as well as designed and created a germplasm bank to assist in the improvement of coffee plants on the farm, evaluating different varieties, their performance in the cup, pest and disease resistance, and yield per plant. She was responsible for the entire seed exportation process that included managing staff to collect and execute seed selection for export, quality control, and necessary documentation.