Pictures from the coffee zone

1 September, 2009 by (comments)

Colombia’s world famous coffee zone, or zona cafetera, is under pressure. Climate change has triggered an exodus of growers unable to fight rising temperatures, erratic rains and increasing pest and disease pressure. Many are small farmers without the money or technology to adapt. This set of pictures, from the towns of Balboa and Apía in the heart of theRead More …

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Cassava “accident” brings tolerance hope

1 September, 2009 by (comments)

When a consignment of carotene-rich cassava roots was packaged and sent for bioavailability tests, there was the usual, hopeful wait for results. Ten months later and those results, soon to be officially announced, suggest that the carotene contained in yellow-flesh of the so-called “egg yolk” cassava has good bioavailability, meaning it can be easily absorbed by humans, and convertedRead More …

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