Innovative Methods Could Transform Vietnam’s Robusta Farms Into Carbon Sinks

From: news.mongabay.com

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — Coffee is one of Vietnam’s most important agricultural products, a crop that grows so well in the country’s Central Highlands that it has become the world’s second-largest coffee producer.

It is also the largest exporter of robusta coffee, the vast majority of which grown is for the commodity market, a sector dominated by huge companies whose goal is to maximize profits.

A far smaller, though growing, specialty coffee market, focused more on domestic consumers, is witnessing innovative farming techniques that could help improve the industry’s environmental impact. This is crucial, as climate change is expected to have a deleterious effect on Vietnam’s coffee industry in the future, with rising temperatures and changing rainfall patterns posing acute long-term threats.

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