Climate Variability Concerns for the Future of Coffee in India : An Exploratory Study

Chengappa P. G. • Devika C. M.

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Abstract

This paper draws attention to the growing concern of climate variability affecting coffee production in India dominated by small holders. Climate related studies across coffee producing areas around the world have encapsulated the significant impacts on coffee physiology and thereupon production and yield. Specifically, choosing Kodagu district, the largest coffee growing district in India as the study area, the climate variability is assessed by analysing recorded climatic data over the last 33 years. The results revealed a marginal decrease in total rainfall and high monthly variability, rising temperatures and declining relative humidity levels that is likely to impact coffee production given the decreasing yields in the region witnessed at the macro as well as micro level. We concluded the paper by identifying adaptation and mitigation potential measures from existing and altered management practices by the coffee growers, government initiatives and alternate incomes based on interviews with coffee growers.

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International Journal of Environment, Agriculture and Biotechnology

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