Project Description

This project was initiated as a response to a study by Kew Gardens into the the loss of biodiversity in wild, Ethiopian coffee. The paper predicts that, due to climate change and increasing agricultural pressure, Arabica Coffee – which only grows wild in Ethiopia – will be extinct by 2080. It is important that we take steps to preserve this natural biodiversity as it has the potential to unlock disease and pest resistant Arabica strains which, if allowed to disappear, could have disastrous consequences for commercially cultivated crops.

The economies of countries such as Ethiopia are built on crops such as coffee. The loss of biodiversity leaves their economies vulnerable to disaster. It is however, difficult to communicate to developing countries and communities to be mindful when developed countries such as the United Kingdom are responsible for the increasing demand for cheaper produce. it is a fine line for local farmers who may have to raise their prices if the land they can use is restricted, discouraging commitment from buyers in a competitive economy. We must consider human and economical impact alongside environmental concerns.

The logo for this work translates as ‘no coffee’ from the Amharic.