How Climate Change Threatens African Coffee Farmers

Rising temperatures, drought and erratic rainfall are making growing coffee harder. In just 30 years, climate change could destroy half of all coffee growing land, threatening millions of African farmers.

Some savor the taste, others drink it to stay awake. Whatever the reason, the world has a seemingly insatiable taste for coffee.

Some 169 million bags of coffee were produced in the 2019/2020 coffee year, according to the International Coffee Organization. 

But the future of coffee is gloomy. About 60% of wild coffee strains worldwide are in danger of extinction, according to a study by the US journal Science Advances. This includes Arabica, a coffee species that accounts for over half of worldwide coffee production.