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Climate change to push Ethiopian coffee growing uphill

Relocating coffee areas, along with forestation and forest conservation, to higher grounds due to climate change could increase coffee farming area in Ethiopia fourfold, a study forecasts. The study, published in Nature journal last month (19 June), says moving Ethiopian coffee fields to higher ground because of climate change holds promise to coffee’s resilience due to substantial increase in suitable production area. Justin Moat, research leader, spatial analyst at the U.K’s Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, says presently coffee is mainly confined to altitudes between 1200 and 2000-2200m.


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