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Coffee production drops by 32 pct

14th February 2012
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A coffee farmer in consultation with crop experts at a farm. Production of the crop in the country dropped significantly last year due to climate change and human activities. (File photo)

There was a significant drop in coffee production in Tanzania last year mainly contributed by climate change and human activities, a recently presented research has said.

Coffee production stood at 34, 000 tonnes last year down from 50,000 tonnes the previous one.

Hanns R Neumann Stiftung project manager Mika Adler told a coffee stakeholders’ workshop held here that the research was carried out last year in the country’s coffee growing areas.

According to her, drought is the main challenge which faced coffee farmers last year, hence there is a need for the government and other stakeholders to intervene.

She said the project aims at enabling the farmers to effectively respond to the changing climatic condition by assembling the best practices for climate change adaptation and mitigation into globally applicable toolbox.

”The project also brings together farmers to study the effects of climate change and build upon the experiences gained from other relevant projects like those carried out in Mbeya Region,” she said.

Apart from Tanzania, other countries which are implementing similar projects are Brazil, Guatemala and Vietnam. The project is designed to test the toolbox in the field and to develop appropriate training schemes for farmers and service providers.

She urged farmers and stakeholders to undertake capacity building training which could to enable them apply effective strategies in order to respond to climate change.

For her part, Sophie Grunze, a coffee development stakeholder urged farmers to share experience with experts and create the culture of preserving the environment.

“This will enable the country to increase coffee production, improve their livelihood and widen employment,” she added.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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