why is climate change a problem?
The initiative for coffee&climate (c&c) addresses an urgent topic in coffee production:
Climate change is affecting smallholder coffee farming families and the future of our morning cup of coffee. c&c develops and implements climate change coping strategies to support smallholders to adapt to climate change and to increase the climate resilience of entire coffee landscapes. It is a program of public and private partners supporting the coffee sector by generating practical and location specific solutions in a participatory approach. Coffee production needs to get climate smart – now.
Rising temperatures, erratic and extreme rainfall, greenhouse gasses, people abandoning their coffee farms, loss of important coffee origins – climate change is more than just a problem, it is putting at risk the future of the entire coffee sector.
The impacts are a reality for the world’s 12.4 million smallholder coffee farming families. For most, coffee is their main or only source of income, and entire regions depend upon the viability of coffee as a cash crop. Changing weather patterns including prolonged dry spells, water shortage, hailstorms and changes in seasons have a strong impact on coffee production, especially as most of the smallholder families depend on rainfed agriculture.
As part of coffee&climate, the coffee industry can act to secure smallholder families’ livelihoods and the cup of morning coffee!
latest blog posts
The initiative for coffee&climate’s toolbox is now part of Fairtrade’s Coffee Standard. One of the activities recommended by the standard to ensure actions that promote sustainable production and the well-being of those involved in coffee production is the...
Documentary film “It’s Bean Too Hot” is now online! During the official premiere of the film on September 7th, Czech filmmaker, Hedvika Michnová, took us to coffee-producing communities in Tanzania and Costa Rica to meet smallholder families who are striving to keep...
El Establecimiento de Estaciones Meteorológicas Impulsa la Adaptación al Cambio Climático en Honduras
Los cambios en los patrones de lluvia y temperatura, así como los eventos climáticos extremos, han puesto en riesgo la producción de café y los medios de vida de las familias de pequeños agricultores. Sin embargo, estos riesgos pueden reducirse al facilitar...
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households reached to improve gender equality
smallholder coffee farming households
Strengthening national and local institutions and implementers. Through a “Training Of Trainer” format, we qualify third parties to implement coffee&climate practices.
coffee&climate promotes gender equality in coffee households and producer communities together with climate change adaptation practices.
Through our coffee&climate training on climate smart agriculture practices, we support farmers to increase their adaptive capacity to climate change.
status februrary 2021
MEMBERS OF THE initiative for coffee&climate
Since then, various other members have joined the initiative.