The Future Of Coffee Matters To Us For More Than One Reason

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A farmer with coffee cherries from his latest crop, the seeds of which are roasted, ground and brewed to make coffee. Photograph: YT Haryono/Reuters

We work in several countries where coffee production is important to the national economy. We serve coffee in every property we have ever managed. Many of us working in La Paz Group are coffee junkies.

But more than that, as I have mentioned at least once in these pages, we care extra deeply about the future of coffee because on one of the properties we manage, some excellent arabica estate coffee is growing in the shade of a rainforest canopy. I owe you more on that topic. For now, what has my attention is ensuring the long run sustainability of this organic coffee production.

So you can be sure of where some of our team members will be next Tuesday. Join us if you can:

Climate change is threatening the world’s coffee supplies: what can we do? – live chat

Join us on this page on Tuesday 20 September, 2-3pm (BST), to debate the future of coffee, and the millions who depend on it, in the face of climate change

What we’ll be discussing

Coffee production provides work for more than 120 million of the world’s poorest people. Climate change, however, is a mounting threat.

Rising temperatures in Central America are fuelling the growth of the devastating leaf disease known as coffee rust (pdf), leading to drops of 30% or more in coffee production in the region.

In Ethiopia, where an estimated 25% of the population depends directly or indirectly on coffee for their livelihoods, climate change is also having a profoundly negative impact, with production predicted to significantly decrease in certain areas.

What can be done? Join us on Tuesday 20 September, 2-3pm (BST), to debate how to protect coffee and support the people who rely on this vital commodity.

Questions we will explore include:

  • from diversifying to relocating, how can farmers become more resilient to climate change?
  • where does technology fit in?
  • who’s funding this support and how can that money be put to best use?
  • how to reach the most vulnerable coffee growing communities?

The panel

Read the whole call to action here.

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