Heat hits Colombian coffee production

14 March, 2011 by (comments)

The New York Times reports that coffee producers in Colombia are struggling with higher temperatures and unpredictable rains, contributing to a slump in yields.

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This is something we heard repeatedly from farmers in Colombia’s Cauca department, while recording material for the Two Degrees Up series of climate change photofilms. While The New York Times report makes the point that it is hard to determine whether what farmers have experienced this season is part of a natural fluctuation, or something specifically related to global warming, the Two Degrees Up photofilm demonstrates what could happen to Colombian coffee production in the future – even if international efforts to contain global temperature rises to within two degrees Celsius are met. Without effective adaptation, it is quite literally, a scene of devastation.

In case you’re not one of the 5,000 people who have already seen it, click the screen below to watch Two Degrees Up – PART ONE: Colombia to find out what could be in store for small coffee producers. The photofilm is now also available in Spanish.

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