January 21, 2020

Our partnership with World Coffee Research


Building a better coffee world through our partnerships

This week, we consolidated our long-term partnership with World Coffee Research (WCR) by committing to an annual investment to fund WCR’s full portfolio of agricultural research and development activities and by becoming active members of their Board of Directors. Additionally, we are also collaborating on on-farm research initiatives in Nicaragua and Honduras. 

Since 2018, we have been a partner in WCR’s Global Coffee Monitoring Program (GCMP), a network of trials in coffee-growing areas around the world that aims to discover which practices are most profitable for farmers across a broad range of environments, altitudes, soil types, and farming systems.

We have supported the GCMP through in-kind contributions via our team of  agronomists, who have helped select farmers for the trials, install the trials, collect data, and more. So far, we have installed 6 trials in Honduras and 13 trials in Nicaragua, with seven more trials scheduled for Nicaragua by 2021. That is also the year that the first GCMP trials supported by us will begin bearing fruit.Our plan is to disseminate results of these trials through our network of farmers and technicians, fostering broad knowledge to help strengthen the coffee sector. 

“At Mercon, building a better coffee world means systematically working to strengthen farmers and farming communities. We believe that a vital component for thriving coffee farmers is the access and adoption of better varieties. This translates to plants that are not only more productive, resilient to climate change, and less susceptible to pest and diseases, but that also yield better qualities. The work done by WCR globally in facilitating the adoption of the best existing varieties alongside their best agricultural packages is a reference in the industry and will have a long- term legacy for the coffee Origins”, shared Giacomo Celi, Mercon’s Sustainability Director. 

With this new annual commitment, we will support WCR’s full research portfolio, which includes breeding work to create coffee varieties that can produce high quality and yield while withstanding the changing climate, and efforts to mitigate the effects of the coffee leaf rust fungus that has devastated many coffee-producing areas. Additionally, Giacomo Celi, our Sustainability Director,  will join WCR’s board of directors in 2020 to lend his expertise to the organization’s decision-making going forward. 

This important partnership is another step forward to achieve our purpose of building a better coffee world.

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