Climate Threat for Central American Coffee

An increase has been foreseen in diseases affecting coffee crops in September and October, due to the transition of from severe drought to above normal rainfall.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

From a statement issued by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture:

San Jose, September 12, 2016 (IICA). The transition from severe drought to rainfall above normal that occurred between 2014 and 2015 put Central American countries on alert, as they could face a surge in diseases affecting coffee crops, such as rust and 'ojo de gallo' in some areas of the region.

The climatological outlook expected for the months of September and October provides generalized scenarios with rainfall ranging from normal to above normal in some areas of Central America and the Dominican Republic, according to experts who took part in the Central American Climate Forum, held in Costa Rica.

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