Authentication of Coffeea Arabica genetics using DNA fingerprinting technology.
Bani Ofair is a village in the Ans region. It’s quite small, with just 50 families living there. The land is very rugged but incredibly lush and green, and a lack of roads and infrastructure means that the area is remote and isolated from the outside world. However, this is not enough to deter the farming families living here, who consider coffee to be a great source of pride.
The people here, coffee is everything. During the harvest season, the farmers meet to sit and drink each other’s coffee. They cup and assess the coffee quality creating a competitive edge to farming in Bani Ofair, spurring the farmers on to produce even better coffee.
Ans is a region within the governorate of Dhamar, located in the west of Yemen. Coffee farming is widespread in the region and many families rely on it financially. This region has been growing and cultivating various types of crops for over 7,000 years, including coffee, corn, potatoes and qat. The soil contributes to the coffee’s fruity, citric flavour with hints of sweetness. As with many Yemeni villages, there is a shortage of water, which impacts the farmers and their families. It is often the women and children who must source the clean water, either bringing it back in barrels or using animals to help share the load.
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