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USAID, Texas A&M partner to fight coffee rust

This orange colored fungus is called coffee rust, and it's eating away at coffee crop across Central America. Now, USAID is announcing a new 5 million dollar investment and partnership with Texas A&M University to fight the problem plaguing the coffee industry. USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah explains. (SOUNDBITE) USAID ADMINISTRATOR RAJIV SHAH SAYING: "Since 2010, coffee rust, which is a disease, a fungus that attacks the coffee tree, has dramatically reduced coffee output on small farms in Central America, and in Latin America." It's not only a blow to producers. Experts say a fall in production would mean higher prices for a cup of coffee. Perhaps even more worrisome is the livelihoods of those who depend on the crop to survive. (SOUNDBITE) USAID ADMINISTRATOR RAJIV SHAH SAYING: "Coffee rust is affecting, and potentially could affect 500,000 small scale farmers, and push them back under the poverty line. As a result, their children coul

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