“Time is short and the stakes are high” – CIAT coffee studies cause a stir

15 January, 2010 by (comments)

CIAT studies predicting the possible effects of climate change on gourmet coffee production in Latin America feature in the January 2010 edition of the specialist industry magazine Coffee & Cocoa International (C&CI;).

C&CI cover Jan 2010
Described as “the independent voice of the commodity industry”, the C&CI; article assesses the threats “to some of the most celebrated coffee varieties” in the region, based on in-depth studies led by Peter Laderach, of CIAT’s Decision and Policy Analysis (DAPA) program.
“The CIAT studies show that when it comes to rising to the challenge of climate change, time is short and the stakes are high,” states the introduction. “But with immediate action both livelihoods and markets can adapt and be protected.”
Peter makes recommendations for improving the resilience of coffee production, from the farm-level, to the market chain as a whole.
Although you need to subscribe to the magazine in order to read the article, we will post links to the CIAT studies themselves shortly.
And to those of you who follow the latest CIAT pictures on our Flickr site, you’ll recognise the magazine’s cover shot as one of our own, from last year’s trip to Colombia’s world-famous Coffee Zone, to document the effects of climate change on coffee production there, and the possible impact on rural livelihoods.
You can see the full set of pictures from the shoot here and the subsequent article Trouble brewing for Colombian coffee, which appeared in the DFID-funded online rural development magazine New Agriculturist.

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