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To Mitigate Climate Change Effects On Coffee Crops, Farmers Seek Matchmaker’s Help

Coffee crops are incredibly sensitive to temperature changes. Increasing temperatures world-wide could make it difficult to grow coffee in Brazil. Farmers have tried to lower the temperature for coffee plants by intercropping them with shade trees. But so far, they haven’t been very successful. The trees provided too much shade and competed with the coffee plants for nutrients. The farmers lost money because they didn’t produce as much coffee. Researchers needed to find the right type of shade tree to make intercropping work. So the intercropping matchmakers stepped in. (Click on title for full story.)