CIAT featured in New Agriculturist magazine

9 September, 2009 by (comments)

If you’ve been following the CIAT blog recently, you’ll know that the impact of climate change on coffee production is a hot topic. As a high value cash crop produced by many smallholder farmers in poor upland areas of the tropics, any threat to production is a direct threat to livelihoods.

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A recent CIAT trip to Colombia’s coffee zone to see the effects of climate change first-hand has resulted in this article, published today in the latest edition of New Agriculturist, the online development magazine funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). As well as testimonials from farmers on the front line, CIAT’s Andy Jarvis gives his thoughts on the future of coffee production in Colombia and Latin America, as well as some suggestions for world leaders in advance of the United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The same edition of the magazine covers the long-running “Enola” bean bio-piracy case, with insights from the CGIAR’s legal team on how small farmers can be better protected in the future. You can read the article here.

You can also read a recent article in Nicaragua’s La Prensa newspaper, which features CIAT’s Carlos Zelaya on coffee and climate change in the country (in Spanish).

We hope you enjoy the articles. Feel free to have your say by leaving your comments on the CIAT blog.

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