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now online: study on climate change impacts on coffee

How is climate change impacting coffee production?

Hamburg, July 29th, 2011 – The desk study “Impacts of Climate Change in four Pilot Countries of the Coffee and Climate initiative” written by Dr. Jeremy Haggar and Kathleen Schepp has been finalized and is now available for download.

Without question, all four pilot countries (Brazil, Guatemala, Tanzania and Vietnam) are suffering from climate change impacts and are expected to experience more or less severe changes in the suitability of their current coffee cultivation areas.To investigate probable changes, a variety of experts and scientists have been asked to contribute their expertise.

The results: increasing mean and maximum temperatures and changing rainfall patterns will affect coffee production. Specifically for tropical regions an increase in extreme weather events is predicted. These changing conditions might have severe consequences, not only for farmers and other actors involved in the coffee value chain but will also heavily impact production costs, the coffee price and world market conditions.

Surprisingly, there are few practical adaptation and mitigation measures being implemented to cope with climate change. The two authors identified relevant projects and organizations that work on climate change and coffee and developed a set of recommendations.

To read the full report, please click here.

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