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Centro de Investigação das Ferrugens do Cafeeiro (CIFC) is a research and advanced training Center of the Instituto Superior de Agronomia (ISA) - Universidade de Lisboa (ULisboa).

CIFC is located at Oeiras, in the northern margin and mouth of the Tejo River,  western part of the Lisboa Metropolitan Area. Since 1955 it has occupied a building inside the campus of the Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária - INIAV (Ex – Estação Agronómica Nacional).

Since its foundation in 1955, the main objective of CIFC activities has been the contribution to the development of coffee cultivars with durable resistance to quarantine main diseases: coffee leaf rust (CLR) and coffee berry disease (CBD).

The main beneficiaries of the activities carried out at CIFC are the coffee growers, in particular the millions of smallholder farmers, as cultivars with resistance to CLR and/or CBD will make them less dependent on the vagaries of the international coffee market and  thus enable them to produce coffee in an economically and ecologically sustainable manner.

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