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The Effect of Climate Change on the Coffee Crop in Nicaragua

Recent studies indicate that the most significant impacts of climate change will be experienced by smallholders in developing countries. Climate change therefore turns highly relevant for Nicaraguan people’s economy, due to the expected impacts on agriculture and especially on coffee cropping systems.

The “Environmental and production issues” section of the “Canal 11” TV news, which formerly interviewed CIAT’s Carlos Zelaya on Environmental Niche Characterization for High Quality Coffee in Nicaragua, more recently made a second interview on the likely effects of climate change on the coffee crop in the country.

During this latter interview, Dr. Zelaya spoke about CIAT’s research in the country and stated that a reduction in area for coffee cultivation towards the future could be expected, in addition to reduced yields and a significant coffee quality loss.

Zelaya informed about the most appropriate adaptation strategies for these areas and emphasized the importance of these kind of studies.

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