Wednesday, February 22, 2017

68. More Research on Climate Change

February 22, 2017
As shared in a post yesterday, more and more research is appearing on the dire topic of climate change and how it affects coffee and coffee farmers.

TWIN, a coffee NGO and trading company based in the UK, has just released a report with four case studies that include Nicaragua and Uganda.

Today an article in Daily Coffee News discusses the new report from TWIN:

This link takes you straight to an on-line version of the report. On page 28, there is a short synopsis of the report's findings related to on-farm practices to adapt to climate change. It categorizes measures such as shade trees, erosion control, diversification and improved fertilizers as "no-regret" measures that contribute to improved sustainability of production, but are not specifically addressing climate adaptation. For example, climate change in Nicaragua appears to be affecting phenology (esp. flowering), however none of the promoted practices respond to this change.

Pruning helps trees withstand climate change.

Mulching helps the soil retain moisture and other nutrients.

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