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Barker, David; Rhiney, Kevon C. C.; Campbell, D.
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Impacts of climate change on coffee production in Jamaica: preliminary insights
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Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers
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November 18-20, 2012.
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Asheville, North Carolina, USA
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Abstract
One of the Caribbean sectors deemed as beingparticularly vulnerable to climate change is agriculture. Jamaica, especially, has been affected by a number of climate related hazards in recent years amounting to millions of dollars in damages to the island’s agricultural sector. This poster presents preliminary findings from an ongoing project in Jamaica geared at improving climate change adaptation planning and climate risk management at the community level. A specific objective of the study involves conducting an integrated vulnerability assessment of four farming communities, each located in distinct agro-ecological zones to provide community level household baseline data on the levels of exposure, sensitivity and adaptive capacity to climate change. The poster will showcase preliminary findings from one of the four communities – Spring Hill, an established coffee growing area located in the Blue Mountains, traditionally characterized by high annual rainfall totals. Research findings reveal that rainfall patterns have become increasingly unpredictable in the last 20 years, drought conditions are becoming more frequent and increase plant wilting and burning due to high temperatures. Several non-climatic stressors were also including poor road conditions, labor shortages, and the high cost of key farm inputs such as fertilizers and pesticides....
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