Authentication of Coffeea Arabica genetics using DNA fingerprinting technology.
"Coffee is a treasure, coffee is like gold”.
Mohammed is 35 years old and lives in Alobrah, in the region of Hayma Dakhiliya. He and his three brothers all began working on his family’s farm from a very young age - Mohammed was just 15. He is now the manager of the farm.
Mohammed has some 1,000 coffee trees on his farm. Alongside coffee he grows qat, but coffee is the main source of income for him and his family.
One of the biggest challenges Mohammed faces while growing coffee is the shortage of water, so he hopes to build water barriers, to help manage this.
Mohammed is incredibly proud to see his coffee reach the global market, and it encourages him to work better and harder to improve his farm. He thanks Qima Coffee for its support and standing by the Yemeni farmer.
Alobrah is a village in the coffee growing region of Hayma Dakhiliya, located in the west of Sana’a. It is one of the largest areas famous for growing coffee in Hayma Dakhiliya. In Hayma Dakhiliya, there are 11 villages, of which 400 families farm coffee. Alongside coffee, the farming families in Hayma Dakhiliya grow corn, potatoes and qat. The villages are found high in the mountains at an altitude of 2,200 metres. The weather is mild and rainy in the summer months, and cold in winter. But this is what gives the coffee farmers such fertile soil, rich in minerals and plenty of aquifers. It is believed that some of the coffee trees are over 100 years old. The trees have adapted to the harsh mountainous environment and continue to produce high-quality coffee with fresh, fruity hints. However, coffee trees have been struggling with disease, impacting the region’s outturn of coffee cherries and overall yield. Low yield is a problem affecting many in the Yemeni coffee industry. However, Hayma Dakhiliya is particularly struggling with this issue and as a result, the region has the lowest yield in Yemen.
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