Authentication of Coffeea Arabica genetics using DNA fingerprinting technology.
“Coffee is like one of my family members. Coffee is my heritage”.
Abdo Subaih is from Hayma Kharijiya Wadi BailAlal and is 31 years-old. He began working on the farm with his father and older brother when he was just a child. Unfortunately, due to his family's financial situation and how far his family lived from the school, Abdo was unable to continue his studies, and instead, put his energy into helping his family take care of the farm - all 22 members if required!
After Abdo managed to get his coffee into the global markets, he decided to expand the number of coffee trees on the farm, planting 150 new seedlings. And while he also grows qat and grain, he believes coffee is the future for the country, for society, and hopes to increase his coffee production even further. Currently, 40% of his family's income is from growing coffee, and he hopes by expanding the farm, he’ll be able to increase this too.
Abdo is a very busy man, not just working on the farm but also building a house for his brother’s family, who sadly died in the war in Hodeidah. He hopes that through coffee, he can support his brother’s children, and build a future for his own.
The memories of Abdo with his father and brother on the farm will stay with him forever, and he’s incredibly proud that he’s been able to reach the global market with his coffee.
Bait Ala 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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