This project aimed to enhance the long-term viability of the coffee industry, through standardising post-harvest practises, to reduce the variability currently found in this commodity.
The project reviewed all the post-harvest steps affecting coffee quality and grade/sales potential, and developed standardised handling systems for coffee orchards near roads and for more isolated growing regions.
- Assessed postharvest system constraints to smallholder management of coffee quality and product consistency.
- Developed and test solutions to system deficiencies, with particular attention to improvement of drying and storage.
- Devised and implemented strategies for the adoption of system improvements.
- Built research capacity, providing an equipped laboratory and training for research staff at PNG’s Coffee Research Institute.