14 Oct '11, 3pm

Climate change threatens crops in virtually every major coffee producing region of the world. Check out impact in India

Climate change threatens crops in virtually every major coffee producing region of the world. Check out impact in India

Coffee has been cultivated in the Karnataka state of India for more than 300 years,2 and in 2010 India was the world's sixth-largest coffee producer.3 Some 70 percent of Indian coffee production takes place on small farms of less than 10 hectares (2.5 acres).4 Coffee is an important source of economic sustenance for the people of India: it provides a livelihood for nearly 1.5 million families.5 In recent years, however, coffee production has been declining as changes in climate affect crops. 6 ,7 In the fall of 2009, both of the varieties of coffee grown in India–Arabica and Robusta—suffered heavy losses as a result of unseasonal heavy rains.7 Similarly, in 2010, rainfall occurring after the blossoming stage for Arabica coffee plants delayed the harvest and lowered crop quality.8 The decreased production reported in 2009 and 2010 is part of a long-term trend: from 2002 to ...

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