A blow to Ethiopia’s economy
“This would not only affect coffee drinkers worldwide, especially those who grind their own beans or prefer sophisticated blends – it would also have consequences for Ethiopia’s economy.
“If one or more coffee regions lose their specialty status due to climate change this has potentially grave ramifications for the smallholder farmers in the region,” says co-author Christoph Gornott from PIK and the University of Kassel, Germany.
“If they were forced to switch to growing conventional, less palatable and bitter coffee types, they would all of the sudden compete with industrial production systems elsewhere that are more efficient.
For the country, in which coffee exports account for roughly a third of all agricultural exports, this could prove fatal.”
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (Pik)