Coffee and climate change: understanding the problems and finding the solutions

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Coffee and climate change: understanding the problems and finding the solutions

Evening Meeting

18:00 Thursday 19th February 2015

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Coffee is said to be the world’s most important beverage, with around two billion cups consumed each day. Throughout the tropical regions of the world coffee production supports the economies of numerous countries, and the livelihoods of millions of farmers. Many factors influence the productivity and sustainability of coffee production, but perhaps the most worrying and pervasive comes for accelerated climate change.

Dr Aaron Davis, from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is the leader of a team investigating the influence of climate change on coffee production and wild coffee genetic resources in Ethiopia, under the project Building a Climate Resilient Coffee Economy for Ethiopia. During the meeting Aaron will provide an overview of coffee natural history and then focus on the team’s approach to providing a risk strategy and action plan for understanding and building resilience for the Ethiopian coffee sector.

This meeting is free and open to all; registration is not necessary. Tea and coffee will be served in the Library from 17:30 and a wine reception will follow.

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