The overriding objective of the project was to build the capacity of institutions in order for them to share improved germplasm between participating African countries and India. Objectives of a more specific nature were: to conduct demand-led applied research for variety evaluation that generates alternative methods for control of Coffee Leaf Rust (CLR) and other diseases; to deliver new knowledge including CLR resistant germplasm and environmentally friendly chemicals/botanicals to coffee growers, particularly small holders; and to develop a long-term approach to management of coffee diseases in a sustainable manner while increasing the profit margins for small-scale coffee producers.
Activities undertaken under the project were: identification of needs and resources; rural community responses to CLR and other diseases and the sourcing and production of improved genetic material for coffee production; conservation and identification of coffee varieties and disease races; trials with new and existing materials under a range of field conditions, on farms and on field station; developing Scientific Management Information Systems to facilitate faster dissemination; and project management and co-ordination.
The project activities ended in 2013 in all of the participating countries with good scientific results. The exchange of information and cross fertilisation of expertise among the participating research institutions proceeded very well ensuring sustainability of the project results. The research was converted into dissemination and extension of the new varieties in the field. The project completion report can be accessed through the link above.