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close this bookBetter Farming Series 23 - Coffee (FAO - INADES, 1977, 36 p.)
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View the documentPreface
Open this folder and view contentsWhere coffee is grown
View the documentWhy coffee is grown
Open this folder and view contentsChoosing the seeds or seedlings
Open this folder and view contentsGrowing the seedlings
Open this folder and view contentsChoosing a site and preparing the plantation
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View the documentHarvesting the berries
View the documentProcessing the coffee beans
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The first twenty- six volumes in FAO's Better Farming Series were based on the Cours d'apprentissage agricole prepared in the Ivory Coast by the Institut atricain de developpement nomique et social for use by extension workers. Later volumes, beginning with No. 27, have been prepared by FAO for use in agricultural development at the farm and family level. The approach has deliberately been a general one, the intention being to constitute basic prototype outlines to be modified or expanded in each area according to local conditions of agriculture.

Many of the booklets deal with specific crops and techniques, while others are intended to give the farmer more general information which can help him to understand why he does what he does, so that he will be able to do it better.

Adaptations of the series, or of individual volumes in it, have been published in Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Creole, Hindi, Igala, Indonesian, Kiswahili, Malagasy, SiSwati and Turkish, an indication of the success and usefulness of this series.

Requests for permission to issue this manual in other languages and to adapt it according to local climatic and ecological conditions are welcomed. They should be addressed to the Director, Publications Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Via delle Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy.

Coffea tree

The coffee tree bears fruit which are called berries.

The berries contain two seeds called coffee beans.