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Climate smart coffee

Coffee cultivation in Colombia is suffering from climate change. Due to droughts, heavy rains and erosion harvests lag behind and uncertainty about the incomes of half a million small farmers prevails.

With the help of climate scenarios they are developing early warning systems for the right time for coffee to be planted, fertilized and checked for diseases, and systems for ground cover against soil running dry or improving drainage during heavy rains. This is one of the Wageningen Climate Solutions which will be presented during the climate summit in Paris.

Stakeholders in the coffee sector have to and are in the position to collaborate in order to move towards a sustainable and economically viable production. This improves the quality of the coffee and the livelihood of the farmers. Also, this maintains the production chain which connects the farmers with coffee drinkers throughout the world.
Laura Miguel Ayala

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