“African smallholder farm families are amongst the world’s poorest because we have not invested enough in helping them bounce back after major shocks.”
— Lindiwe Majele Sibanda

The coffee wilt disease (caused by a certain soil fungus) has begun to take its toll on coffee-producing regions in Tanzania. By the end of August, farmers were already being advised to uproot and destroy by burning coffee trees that were exhibiting signs of infection. Yet almost simultaneously the government is pushing farmers to double their production. In ’93, this same disease effected 90% of Uganda’s coffee plantations, resulting in tremendous loss. This loss on each family is greater with the reality that unlike other crops, coffee cannot be planted with the expectation to receive yields the following season — it takes 3-5 years for coffee trees to start producing fruit. 

Working to rehabilitate the soil is vital. Part of our hope in joining coffee farmers is to help care for the land and help farms reach a place of sustainability. We are eager to begin this work but we still need a handful of monthly supporters to make it possible for us to do so. If you're interested in helping, visit our site for more info on how to get involved: www.aftertrade.org

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