The coffee belt is a region in the tropics that is home to most of the world’s coffee.
The climate in this region is perfect for growing coffee, and the industry has been thriving for many years. However, climate change is beginning to have a major impact on this region, and it could soon be impossible to grow coffee in parts of this region. In this blog post, we will explore what the coffee belt is, how climate change impacts it, what the coffee industry is doing to adapt, and how you can help be a force for good to support adaptation efforts.
What is the coffee belt?
The coffee belt is located in the tropics, between the latitudes of 23.50° N and 23.50° S. This region includes countries such as El Salvador, Costa Rica, Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Nicaragua, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Vietnam. The majority of the world’s coffee beans come from this region.
Climate change is having a significant impact on the coffee belt. The most notable effect is rising temperatures, making it difficult for coffee plants to thrive.
In some areas, coffee farmers are forced to farm at higher altitudes or abandon their farms due to the increasing heat and lack of rainfall. This is beginning to have a devastating effect on the coffee industry, and it is estimated that coffee production could decline by as much as 60% by 2050 if things don’t improve.
How is the industry dealing with climate change?
Many NGOs and government agencies are working to support coffee farmers in the coffee belt. They are providing training and resources on adapting to the changing climate and are working to create new economic opportunities in the region. The coffee belt is facing many challenges, but there are also many opportunities. Climate change is opening up new markets for coffee as consumers in developed countries become more interested in sustainable and ethical specialty coffee. This is where you can help!
How can you help!
Your choice of coffee in the morning directly impacts the coffee belt. Choosing a conventional coffee option negatively impacts the coffee belt region. Climate change is a real threat to this region, and we must support the farmers working hard to adapt in the best way for you and the planet.
We hope you’ll join us in supporting farmers like Carlos Pola in their adaptation efforts to deliver sustainably sourced coffee to you. We can make a difference by buying coffee from Carlos and others like him. When we purchase sustainable and ethical coffee each morning, we vote with our dollars for a better future. Together, let’s shift to sustainable and ethical coffee and show the world that we demand more!
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