Coffee producers suffer losses due to climate change

Increasing the temperature climate in coffee exporting countries compels manufacturers of this product to fight for the cooler mountain areas, which increases the costs of the business, said representatives of the International Coffee Organization (ICO) at a conference in Guatemala, reported by AFP.

«Over the past 25 years, the temperature in the countries where they grow coffee, rose by 0.5 degrees Celsius, which is five times more than in the previous 25 years,» — said the head of ICO Nestor Osorio (Nestor Osorio), whose words lead agency.

According to the participants, warming leads to increased competition for mountain areas, coffee which is in great demand from customers with discriminating taste, which increases the cost to producers.

Coffee — the main export item for a number of countries in Latin America and Asia. Statistics ICO shows a decline in coffee production in Latin America in the last year, mainly due to bad weather.

National Coffee Association of Guatemala, representing manufacturers in the region, expects drop in production by 28% in the first three months of the season, the agency said.

Source: RIA Novosti

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