A Look Beyond the Coffee Cup: The Culture of Latin American Coffee Farmers in the Era of Climate Change

Author Name(s)

Lydia Rios

Faculty Advisor(s)

Dr. Jaime Matera

Abstract

Climate change is already here. Increased intensity and severity of natural disasters, rising temperatures, colder winters, and longer-lasting droughts are all influenced by climate change. These effects can be felt throughout the world and these impacts are particularly devastating to agricultural production and the livelihoods linked to it. This research project focuses on how Latin American coffee farmers, their agricultural practices, economy, and culture are affected by climate change and hypothesizes that these are negatively impacted by human-induced climate change. Additionally, climate change has adverse reactions on their economic stability and the persistence of their cultures. The methods used to analyze such effects include in-depth literary analysis of farmworkers in Colombia, Brazil, Honduras, and Guatemala. The results of this research found the impacts to be astronomical with implications pertaining to other agricultural farmworkers and businesses. This research concludes that human-induced climate change is one of the main drivers of their economic insecurity and negatively impacts their culture. 

Presentation

3 thoughts on “A Look Beyond the Coffee Cup: The Culture of Latin American Coffee Farmers in the Era of Climate Change”

  1. Dear Lydia:
    This is extraordinary work. We’re so fortunate to see and hear your project. I’ll think of you 4 times a day now, every time I have a cup of coffee. You’ve demonstrated that you are an excellent student who cares about the people affected by climate change.

  2. Great topic and nicely designed poster! The effects of climate change were clearly described and the requirements of coffee growing were very clearly stated. Methodology was a literature review, and I would have loved to see how your sources were selected.

  3. Thoughtful project and consciousness raising! Beautiful design of your poster. I would have liked to see more data and less narrative in poster.

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