El cambio climático es una amenaza real para la cadena de suministro de café colombiano. Hay más de 300,000 caficultores en Colombia cuyos medios de vida se ven amenazados por un clima cada vez más caótico, y adicional a eso, el sector cafetero en Colombia proporciona empleo a más de 2 millones de personas. Llevamos a cabo una investigación con una comunidad en particular, los caficultores de Colombia, para comprender cómo conceptualizan el cambio climático y cómo comunican sus experiencias con él desde su perspectiva y en sus propias palabras.
Climate change is a real threat to the Colombian coffee supply chain. There are more than 300,000 coffee farmers in Colombia whose livelihoods are being threatened by an increasingly chaotic climate, and the coffee sector in Colombia provides jobs for over 2 million people. We conducted research with coffee farmers in Colombia to understand how they conceptualize climate change and how they communicate their experiences with it from their perspective and in their own words.
Two violent civil wars in Liberia killed a quarter million people between 1989 and 2003 and destroyed the West African country’s economy. A massive influx of foreign aid followed that turmoil, ushering in a period of relative peace and stability. According to the World Bank’s database, total aid fell from an all-time high in 2010 of US$359 per capita to about $130 in 2013. Having lost so much foreign support, Liberia’s economy is struggling.
On the plane down to Colombia yesterday, I reviewed notes from my first research trip several months ago. I was surprised to find that every day I diligently wrote a reflection. Here is a redacted version of those notes, spanning eight days of research.
This piece is the final of four I will publish this spring in which I describe particular techniques used to make sense of or mine large data sets. This post covers machine learning.
This piece is the third of four I will publish this spring in which I describe particular techniques used to make sense of or mine large data sets. This post covers agent-based modeling.
This piece is the second of four I will publish this spring in which I describe particular techniques used to make sense of or mine large data sets. This post covers text mining.
Perhaps it behooves us to know more about the source of so much of our knowledge. As informal as we may consider our Wikipedia searches, it doesn't change the fact that most of us lean on it regularly.