Higher temperatures are likely to interfere with agricultural productivity in Puerto Rico. Hot temperatures threaten cows’ health and cause them to eat less, grow more slowly, and produce less milk. Reduced water availability during the dry season could stress crops, while warmer temperatures could also reduce yields of certain crops. Studies in other tropical countries indicate that climate change may reduce plantain, banana, and coffee yields. (United States Environmental Protection Agency, 2016).
This section provides insights into the climate change impacts on agricultural productivity indicators and the trends in agriculture related socio-economic indicators.