KIGALI, (Xinhua) --
The increasingly unpredictable weather patterns
caused by climate change pose a serious threat to coffee production
in Africa, experts said here Friday.
Higher temperatures and long spells of droughts followed by intense
rainfall due to disastrous effects of climate change are negatively
affecting coffee plants across Africa and this will ultimately
affect production, said Samuel Kamau, executive director of African
Fine Coffees Association.
He made the remarks at a preparation event of the 17th
African Fine Coffee Conference and Exhibition, which is slated for
Feb. 12-15, 2019, in Rwanda.
Kamau called on African leaders and policy makers to intensify
efforts and commit to implementing global and national measures put
in place to mitigate climate change impacts.
Coffee production in Africa is expected to drop by a million bags
due to unpredictable weather conditions, pests and diseases, said
George William Kayonga, chief executive officer of Rwanda National
Agriculture Export Development Board.
African coffee producing countries should collaborate with coffee
farmers to introduce new and innovative ways to address challenges
like climate change and volatile markets, Kayonga said.
Farmers should pay attention to growing more resistant varieties of
coffee plants that withstand adverse effects of climate change, he
World coffee exports amounted to 10.45 million bags in June 2018, up
from 10.19 million in June last year, according to the International