Authentication of Coffeea Arabica genetics using DNA fingerprinting technology.
“Be gentle with coffee trees. Take care of them”.
60 year-old Nasser is from Hayma Kharijiya and he has been growing coffee since he was just 15 years-old, with his father. His father was kind, one of the best farmers in his village, always happily sharing his knowledge with other farmers. Nasser learnt a lot about coffee from his father, and has adopted his passion for growing coffee trees as best he can.
Nasser's farm is about 200 Libna, and he’s planted more than 100 new trees in recent years. He also grows grain, corn and barley.
His family helps him on the farm, and during the last two years, his sons have started to take more responsibility.
Nasser hopes that Yemeni coffee spreads widely in the international market so Yemeni coffee farmers can at last get the benefits they deserve for a better future.
Bait Alal is a village in the region of Hayma Kharijiya, on the west side of Sana’a City. Perched on a mountain top, it has an altitude of 2300 metres and is home to some 300 farming families. The farmers in Bait Alal see the coffee tree as a symbol of pride and they believe that coffee originated from this area. The land has been passed down through the generations, with some of the coffee trees dating back over three hundred years. Due to a harsh climate, the farmers face many growing difficulties, which is one of the reasons for low yields being produced. However, no matter how small the harvest is or how harsh the conditions, the farmers never abandon their coffee trees. Bait Alal is also home to Al Ruwad, Yemen’s largest and most established specialty coffee cooperative, serving 285 families – the equivalent of around 2000 people.
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