Published on 17 June 2021
Brazil is the world’s number one exporter of coffee, and Patrocínio is one of the country’s most important coffee production areas, with about 78% of its economy related to coffee. As most of the southeast of Brazil, the Patrocínio area suffers from the most severe drought in 91 years.
This false-colour visualisation of an image acquired by one of the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellites on 13 June 2021, shows the area around Patrocínio in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil.
Water shortages are affecting the 2021 coffee harvest and threatening the 2022 crop as well. According to a recent study published in the scientific journal Nature Communication, these extreme drought conditions will become increasingly frequent in the area, and the economic consequences will affect not only Brazil's economy but also that of Europe, a major importer of coffee.
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Source: European Union DG DEFIS Image of the Day
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