Created in partnership with the Rwanda Agriculture Board, a World Coffee Research African breeding hub will provide breeding material for new, improved varieties.
F1 hybrid crosses created in Central America are being sent to Rwanda to test their performance through local adaptation trials.
The new facility in Rwanda is WCR’s second breeding hub, following its Latin America hub in Central America.
The hubs serve as centralized locations for countries in each region to access breeding populations, expertise, and materials that can be utilized to create new coffee varieties for the benefit of local producers in each country or region.
The hub will also enable breeders to develop disease-resistant varieties, such as the Rwanda-created RAB C15.
The Rwanda hub will be used to develop a new generation of coffee varieties that will be adapted to growing conditions in Africa and sustain the industry’s genetic and breeding pools.