1) Coffee producer learning how to operate a weather station in a coffee plantation at Honduras (Photo: Oscar Gonzalez 2012) 2) Coffee plant infested with coffee leaf rust in Guatemala (Photo: Diego Pons 2012) 3) High defoliation on coffee plantation due to pest infestation (Photo: Diego Pons 2012)
This project follows the research started in CRN 2060, with the same title.
Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras and Costa Rica are among the fifteen largest coffee exporters in the world, and in the region hundreds of thousands of small farmers depend on some aspect of the coffee industry for their livelihood. As climate change impacts on the environment have become more apparent for farmers, it has become increasingly important for researchers to supplement socioeconomic research with in-depth biophysical studies. In our research, we aim for a better understanding of the role of certification seals, fair trade programs and organic production. These mechanisms may increase coffee growers’ income, but much is uncertain as to how compliance with new rules and practices impacts growers’ livelihoods, adaptive capacity, and the environment.
The challenge of using scientific information for decision making: experiences of the project on Global changes and coffee in Mesoamerica (PDF in English) presentation by Edwin Castellanos at (UNFCCC CoP21 side event FROM SCIENCE TO POLICY: Contributions from science to the management of water resources, biodiversity and climate change on 30 November 2015)
Principal investigator and lead agency:
Edwin Castellanos (firstname.lastname@example.org) Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
Rafael Díaz Porras (Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica, Costa Rica)
Catherine Tucker (Indiana University, US)
Hallie Eakin (School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, US)
Peter Laderach (CIAT, Nicaragua)
Alejandro Santizo, Undergraduate, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Guatemala.
Ana Lucia Solano Garrido de Ramirez, Undergraduate, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Guatemala.
Celeste Sanchez, Master, Indiana University, Honduras.
Nicolasa Arredondo, Undergraduate, Universidad Autonoma Indegena de Mexico, Mexico.
Paola Diaz, Undergraduate, Universidad Autonoma Indegena de Mexico, Mexico.
Silvia Duarte, Master, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Guatemala.