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Climate change could impact on coffee production by the end of the century- 11th May


The majority of people around the world start the day with a cup of coffee. However, according to a recent article two thirds of the land used for coffee bean farming could be ‘unviable’ by 2100.

 In the past three years concerns over the impact of climate change on the global coffee sector has developed into a reality. Drought has become a major issue in nearly all major coffee producing countries such as Brazil and Ethiopia with a study undergone by Kew and Ethiopian partners in 2013 finding that coffee farming in Ethiopia is likely to be drastically affected by climate change.  Alongside coffee beans other commodities such as bananas, beans and maize will also be impacted meaning that transformations must be made as early as 2025. Replacement crops including root-crops such as yams, cassava and drought-resistant cereals need to be increased to make up for the loss.

Monique Simmonds (Director of Science at Kew) stated “If we hadn’t had the effect of environmental factors, including climate change and drought, then we would likely still be able to grow the varieties of coffee were growing now.”   

To further this she also suggests that “Coffee is one of the most important commodities after oil”. With over 143 million 60 kg bags of coffee being produced globally in 2015/16 and the UK alone drinking 70 million cups of coffee a day, the loss of coffee would be a global crisis.  

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