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Peruvian coffee farmers are abandoning the bean as climate change strikes


Farmers in Peru are abandoning growing coffee for more resilient crops as they are hit by diseases triggered by climate change and historically low prices. Temperature extremes, increased humidity and crippling market prices are forcing coffee producers to turn to other sources of income as they struggle to harvest healthy crops. Farmers of the Arabica bean, used in thousands of Britons’ daily flat whites and cappuccinos, are deserting their farms or turning to other crops as pests and disease and pests trigger smaller harvests of lower-quality beans. Includes footage from Eduardo Martino.

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