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Climate change threatens global coffee production

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Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Saturday, April 19, 2014, 2:53 PM -

Maybe this'll get the skeptics to take notice: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says rising global temperatures are set to hit the world where it hurts: The morning cup of Joe.

According to the IPCC, an increase of even 2.5 degrees could tip the balance enough that global coffee giants will no longer have the right kind of terrain on which their coffee crops can thrive.

"I would say climate change is the most serious threat to the sustainability of the coffee supply chain right now," Mauricio Galindo of the International Coffee Organization told CNN.

Coffee production could decline by 34 per cent by 2020, the IPCC says, with profits crashing from $200 per acre to less than a tenth of that.

Aside from profits, that could impact tens of millions of farmers worldwide.


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On the other hand, the shifting climate could give other countries a chance to be players in the global coffee game.

Vietnam, China and India are all increasing their annual coffee production, outpacing better known giants like Brazil, who are forced to look beyond their traditional coffee growing areas to survive.

With files from CNN

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