Media CenterAs Climate Change Threatens Central American Coffee, A Cocoa Boom is Born

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Higher temperatures and low rainfull are becoming destructive for the production of coffee in some parts of Central America. In many areas, farmers are moving the coffee fields to higher altitudes in the mountains, while others look for a new investment to grow on the old coffee fields. 

Reuters spoke to Gilberto Amaya of Catholic Relief Services in El Salvador to discuss the impact of climate change and what organizations are doing to help farmers grow cocoa as a new trade of business. 

Growing consumer demand for higher-quality products in both markets is also driving the shift, and coffee premiums tend to increase with altitude.

"The lower-altitude coffee does not have the quality level that is now being demanded by the market, so the income these farmers are getting is lower," said Gilberto Amaya of Catholic Relief Services in El Salvador.

But those altitudes are suitable for higher-quality criollo cocoa, which is sought after by craft chocolate makers.

Read the full article on Reuters' website.

 

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Robyn Fieser

Regional Marketing Manager - LACRO

Robyn Fieser
January 19, 2016

Based in Bogotá, Colombia

Robyn is the regional marketing manager for CRS in Latin America and the Caribbean. She raises awareness about CRS’ humanitarian and disaster relief programs, serving as a contact for key news outlets and coordinating coverage of emergency and development stories. From a base in Bogata, Colombia, she travels throughout the region to report in-...More