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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Filed Under: Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean

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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Filed Under: Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean

Globalized diet: More food, less diversity, more associated risks

3 March, 2014 by (comments)

As experts have been suspecting for a while, and as many of us have certainly noticed, people’s diets around the world have become very similar. So much so that in the past 50 years the whole world has come to rely increasingly on just a few crops for most of its food supplies – including old favorites such asRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Beans @en, Cassava @en, Climate Change, Crop diversity, Crops @en, Press Releases, Rice @en

Pest management: Make it fly

26 February, 2014 by (comments)

Feeding the 9 billion people expected to inhabit the planet in 2050 will be enough of a challenge for agriculture without giving half of the production away to… pests. Today arthropods, diseases, and weeds take away up to half of the crop production in developing countries (against 25 to 30 percent in high-income countries). “Crop losses to pests haveRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Crops @en