When growing coffee conserves biodiversity

22 May, 2014 by (comments)

There are several ways to grow coffee, from the traditional shaded plantation, where a canopy of trees protects coffee plants from the sun, all the way to intensive, full-sun coffee production, where only coffee plants are grown to, theoretically, increase yields. Shaded coffee farms do notably better at conserving biodiversity and providing ecosystem services, including pollination, pest control, climateRead More …

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Climate change in Haiti: Investing in mangos instead of coffee?

12 May, 2014 by (comments)

With approximately 80% of its population living on less than US$2 a day, Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas. The major earthquake that struck the country in 2010 seriously damaged the economy, especially its agriculture, which contributes 25% to the gross domestic product (GDP) and employs almost 58% of the labor force. As if this were notRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean, Tropical Fruits

The key to climate-friendly coffee production

28 March, 2014 by (comments)

The production of Arabica coffee has been particularly hard hit by climate change impacts and so have the many smallholder farmers in Latin America who directly depend on revenues from coffee to sustain their livelihoods. But Arabica production has also contributed its share to greenhouse gas emissions and to climate change, especially because large areas of coffee in Mexico,Read More …

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Arabica’s magic skin

5 March, 2014 by (comments)

Like the mysterious magic skin in the 19th century novel by French author Balzac, the area suitable for growing Arabica coffee in Mesoamerica is shrinking away as temperatures rise and rainfall patterns change, leaving smallholder coffee producers vulnerable and in need to adapt swiftly. Every year, we drink some 400 billion cups of coffee (1) around the world, makingRead More …

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Four-legged futures: turning Vietnam’s cash cows into productive assets

21 March, 2013 by (comments)

CIAT Annual Report 2012-3 – Sneak Preview Ngo Van Hung is poised to quit his job as a builder in Vietnam’s Ea Kar District. Around six years ago he started getting a lot of work in the village of Chu Cuc, a community of smallholder farmers. He’d build a new home here, another one there; all of them bigRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Crops website, Tropical Forages

The Climate Reality Project – Colombian coffee on the frontline

19 December, 2012 by (comments)

It was probably only a matter of time before the names Andy Jarvis, Peter Laderach and Al Gore appeared in the same sentence. So it’s great to see that a recent documentary about climate change and smallholder coffee production in Colombia finally unites these two beacons of CIAT’s climate change research with the former US Vice President, Nobel LaureateRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media, Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean, Multimedia @en

Two Degrees Up climate change films published by Reuters AlertNet

19 June, 2012 by (comments)

The Two Degrees Up series of short films about the possible impact of climate change on smallholder agriculture has recently been published by Reuters AlertNet. The films, originally produced to coincide with the launch of the CGIAR’s Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Research Program, take a look at what a two-degree Celsius increase in average temperature –Read More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, CIAT in the media, Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean, Multimedia @en