By.Carlos Henrique Jorge Brando
Discussions about the economic viability of coffee farming are gaining momentum as Arabica prices remain low. Such viability, i.e., healthy returns to growers, is strongly associated with productivity that is often dependent on factors beyond farm gate, as proposed at the article Reshaping African Coffee Industry for Productivity Improvement and Investment published by this magazine in April 2017*. What I now add is the role that coffee processing, especially on-farm, may have on improving or worsening the viability of the business. To have good productivity without relying on proper processing technology to get the most out of the coffee produced may be the difference between profit or loss and therefore a key determinant of the economic viability of coffee farming.