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Tapping genetic variation, region-specific experience and knowledge to spur coffee agroforestry intensification and adaptation to climate change in Ethiopia and Latin America
Thursday 12 December 2019, 05:30pm - 07:00pm

Organizer

CATIE

Contact Person(s)

Muhammad Ibrahim  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Rolando H. Cerda B.  ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Communications Person

Cris Soto (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Objective

Facilitate South-South dialog among experts from Latin America and Ethiopia interested in conserving Arabica coffee diversity and the intensification of coffee cultivation to improve the wellbeing of coffee farmers in the face of climate change.

 

Presentation

Tropical America is the largest world producer of Arabica coffee. Shade is used in roughly 50% of the cultivation area in the Americas (Somarriba and Lopez-Sampson 2018). Ethiopia cultivates Arabica coffee and produces 384,000 metric tons per year, representing 28% of all country exports; 15 million employments are linked to coffee (worldatlas.com/articles/top-coffee-producing-countries.html; Panhuyse and Pierrot 2018). Arabica coffee is native to the mountain, humid forests of Ethiopia. Unfortunately, Ethiopian forests are rapidly disappearing and the wild Arabica coffee genotypes that live in the forest are also disappearing. Ethiopia conserves some 12000 genotypes in several ex-situ collections.

The Ethiopian collection together with CATIE’S collection in Costa Rica are the two most important, origin collections of Arabica coffee in the world (Bramel et al 2017). Ethiopian research centers and CATIE can work together to advance the global agenda for the conservation and sustainable and equitable use of the genetic diversity of Arabica coffee. On the other hand, Latin America dominates the world coffee landscape. One hundred years of intensification of coffee cultivation has affected an extremely rich and diverse pallette of both agroecological and socio-economic conditions in the coffee belt of Latin America.

The coffee sector is facing the negative impacts of climate change and several strategies for adaptation have been suggested. Latin Americans have seen the goods and bads of the intensification of coffee cultivation and may have important lessons to share with Ethiopia.  A platform to promote South-South cooperation and joint action between Ethiopia and Latin America is needed to spur sustainable development and adaptation to climate change of agroforetry coffee farming in both regions.

 

Speakers/panelists

 

  • Dr. Eduardo Somarriba, Leader Program in Agroforestry, Agriculture and Livestock, CATIE
  • Dr. Rolando Cerda, Coordinator CATIE´s unit of perennial crops, CATIE
  • Dr. Endalkachew Woldemeskel, ICRAF-Ethiopia
  • Dr. Tadesse Woldemariam Gole, Environmental and Coffee Forum, Ethiopia
  • Dr. Adugna Debela, Ethiopian Horticulture Science Society

 

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Agenda

 

Time

Theme

Speaker/Panelist/ facilitator/other

17:30-17:45

Concept Note: South-South Cooperation to stimulate the sustainable development of coffee growing in Ethiopia and Latin America in the face of climate change

Eduardo Somarriba

17:45-17:55

Sustainable agroforestry intensification and adaptation of coffee farming to climate change in America  

Rolando Cerda

17:55-18:05

Sustainable agroforestry intensification and adaptation of coffee farming to climate change in Ethiopia

Endalkachew Woldemeskel, 

Tadesse Woldemariam 

18:05-18:15

Conservation, use of genetic resources, and breeding of coffee in the context of climate change in Ethiopia

Adugna Debela

18:15:18:45

Debate among experts

All speakers

18:45-18:55

Contribution of participants (Plenary)

Participants

18:55-19:00

Synthesis and next steps 

Eduardo Somarriba

 

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