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Temperature increases make southern Brazil, once a powerhouse of production, coffee-friendly again.
By Kelly Stein
Scientific forecasts describe a dark future for coffee production. The world’s coffee growing regions are getting hotter and drier, rains are less predictable. Cold snaps are sharper and droughts more severe, all of which is changing how producers, business executives, and traders define their strategy.
Migrating to climate-friendly regions is an appealing solution.
According to the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), average temperatures have increased almost two degrees Celsius in the last 49 years. The steady rise is affecting coffee production. Yields are lower, pests and diseases are more menacing, and harvest totals are more difficult to predict leading to pricing volatility.