- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State University has been awarded $1.8 million to help part of Africa maintain its international position in the coffee market.

The East Lansing school announced Wednesday that the funding is through a U.S. Agency for International Development cooperative agreement.

Specialty coffee accounts for a key share of the coffee industry in Rwanda and has had success in international markets, but the school says low productivity and plant diseases are threatening the long-term viability of coffee farming in the country.

Goals of the work involving Michigan State include reducing the effects of bug infestation and raising farm-level productivity.

The cooperative agreement launches USAID’s coffee support program for the region under Feed the Future, the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative.

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