The new Coffee Barometer 2023, an in-depth report on the state of sustainability in the coffee sector, reveals some worrying new findings. Despite the passage of anti-deforestation laws by the EU, the clearing of forests is set to continue apace as coffee-farming families struggle with securing better livelihoods. Moreover, the Barometer supports the prediction that rising temperatures due to climate change could drastically reduce the amount of land suitable for growing coffee by 2050. The Coffee Barometer is produced by Solidaridad, Ethos Agriculture, and Conservation International.
Roughly 130.000 hectares of forest have been lost annually over the last 20 years due to land being cleared for coffee cultivation as farmers attempt to make ends meet. Coffee income remains at or below the poverty line living income benchmarks in eight of the ten largest coffee producing countries. This reality threatens the entire sector and has dangerous environmental implications.
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