Europe faces coffee shortage as deforestation rules lack clarity
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Published Dec 7, 2023
The European Union is facing a possible coffee shortage in 2025 due to unclear implementation of deforestation regulations, according to the International Coffee Organization. The EU agreed to set mandatory rules for commodities such as coffee to ensure they do not come from deforested land, but there are still unanswered questions and doubts. Critics argue that the regulations will disproportionately affect smaller farmers in Asia and Africa.
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The EU agreed late last year to set mandatory rules for companies selling a raft of commodities including coffee, palm oil and cocoa, to ensure products do not come from deforested land. However, ICO executive director Vanúsia Nogueira said there are still “many doubts and questions without answers yet”. The rules entered into force at the end of June and most companies will have until the end of 2024 to comply with the measures, which require sophisticated tracking systems and will be enforced using the threat of fines. Critics say the regulations will penalise millions of smaller farmers from Asia to Africa. The “EU may not get enough coffee” in 2025, if answers on the implementation of rules aren’t properly provided, Nogueira said on the sidelines of a conference in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. “The new deforestation regulations are our biggest priority and a major challenge for next year.” Nogueira said coffee producers in Africa and Central America could be most vulnerable to ...