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Masters degree in Coffee Economics and Science

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Research, preservation and development project of the original germ plasm of the Ethiopian coffee plant

Beekeeping and honey production in coffee plantations: a pilot project in Colombia

International Coffee Genome Network

Beekeeping and honey production in coffee plantations: a pilot project in Colombia


The purpose of this project is to promote beekeeping as an additional support to coffee cultivation activities of the most adverse communities in order to create better plantation management as well as obtaining a sustainable economy.

It seems, in fact, that bees help contribute to the production of quality coffee, as well as obtaining a very exceptional honey and other derived products. Today it is an almost non-existent activity, which, if developed, could help the needier populations.

With this project, the Ernesto Illy Foundation seeks to create a supplementary source of income to support the communities of green coffee cultivators, along with constituting an environmental friendly "basic model" to employ in other zones and countries initially not involved in the project.

The group of coffee farmers, Calarama of Chaparral, in the region of the Tolima (central Colombia), was chosen to substantiate the potential of this project, which in part will be managed by the wives of coffee farmers.

To learn more, please read the latest results regarding this project.