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Climate change: Key crops face major shifts as world warms

Matt McGrath of the BBC writes on a new report highlighing climate change’s impacts on agriculture.

The C3 Take
  • A new study has found that “key coffee regions” including Brazil, Indonesia, and Columbia will likely see decreased production as the world warms.
  • The study also estimates that cashews and avocados will have increases in production in areas that aren’t currently growing these crops such as Sicily.
  • This study highlights the need to increase investments in climate resilience, adaptation, and agricultural innovation.

“Coffee is the most susceptible crop to high temperatures. In those countries accounting for the majority of the world’s production of Arabica – the dominant coffee variety – suitability for growing the crop will decrease by around half by 2050 – a ‘drastic’ reduction, according to the report.”

Read the full article here.

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