Farmers have not been spared the impact of increasingly erratic weather.
For coffee lovers, the brew of the future is shaping up to be bitter and pricey, as climate change parches the world’s key growing regions.
Increasingly erratic weather is putting crops at risk globally. Hardier varieties are expected to fare better, and for coffee that means strong, earthy robusta. But in Vietnam, the top producer of these beans, alarm bells are ringing.
“We have to dig deeper to get water,” Tran Thi Lien, 46, said at her one-hectare farm in Dak Lak province in the country’s Central Highlands. “Some years, we don’t have enough water for irrigation. And some years, there’s too much rain.”