Texas A&M University has a very successful history in coffee-related development. The 2002-2006 PEARL and 2006-2012 SPREAD projects, both funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), are considered great examples of agricultural development success stories because they improved purchase price, expanded links in the value chain, and increased market opportunities by branding Rwandan coffee as high-quality specialty coffee.
Coffee Resilience Project
The broad purpose of the Coffee Resilience Project for Central America, also funded by USAID, is to create an evidence-based, more robust and resilient coffee sector in the three Northern Triangle Countries of Central America, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, by reducing risk and strengthening adaptive capacities of 25,000 smallholder coffee farmers. Through these means, the Project is improving livelihoods, creating new economic opportunities, especially for youth and women, and strengthening the resilience of Central American coffee farmers to climate change, while simultaneously reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting the environment.
Global Development Alliance
The goal of the Global Development Alliance, titled Revitalizing the Central American Coffee Sector after the Rust Crisis of 2012 through Applied Research and Development, also funded by USAID and World Coffee Research, is to provide producers with access to high-quality, rust-resistant, pure-line and F1 hybrid varieties for critical plantation renovation, while also providing much needed capacity building and monitoring capability to the region’s coffee institutions.