27 Apr '15, 6pm

First Global Study on Climate Change and Arabica Predicts 'Severe Losses'

All the coffee-producing countries in America, Africa, Asia, and Oceania would maintain some suitability for growing Arabica coffee. Colombia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Mexico, and Guatemala have extensive areas of land at high elevation that receive sufficient rainfall. An upward move of their coffee-growing areas could moderate the overall impact of climate change on their countries’ coffee industry. An important proviso is that the areas at higher elevation are available for conversion to coffee farms, are accessible, have suitable soil conditions, and whose current or future inhabitants are willing to grow Arabica coffee rather than other crops. Very often, these conditions may not all come together, with the consequence that Arabica coffee production may locally decline. The regions where Arabica coffee would be least affected by higher temperatures are East Africa with th...

Full article: http://dailycoffeenews.com/2015/04/27/first-global-study-...

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