Mutombo Coffee Research: Climate Impacts on Coffee Production

According to new research from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland, Climate change is expected to bring some shifts for African nations that grow coffee, cashews or avocados, with some current producers seeing negative impacts and others more likely to have suitable growing conditions in the future.

Coffee in particular is sensitive to climate change, with perhaps up to 50% of current production lands becoming unsuitable for growing coffee by 2050. That may affect nations in West Africa and Central Africa, mostly because of an increase in average temperatures. The research models found at least some measure of change in all three RCP climate change models they investigated.

South Africa and parts of East Africa, on the other hand, may benefit from changes that make temperature, soil, humidity, and other factors better for coffee production.