Local Farmers in Africa Brace for New EU Deforestation Law

Coffee importers are reducing purchases from Africa due to the European Union Deforestation Regulation, which aims to combat climate change by banning the sale of goods linked to deforestation. The law, set to come into effect in late 2024, is having unintended consequences, particularly for small-scale farmers in Africa and other regions. Under the EUDR, coffee growers must digitally map their supply chains to trace raw material plots, which could be challenging for millions of small farms in remote regions. This could increase small-scale farmer poverty and raise EU consumer prices. Additionally, the EUDR’s impact on forest conservation is undermining, as countries like Ivory Coast are considering declassifying protected forests to comply with EU regulations.

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