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.

climate hazards

climate risk

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.

brown coffee leafs affected by climate change
coffee farmers in Uganda in front of their tractor
climate impacts on coffee

climate impacts

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.

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As part of coffee&climate, the coffee industry can act to secure smallholder families’ livelihoods and the cup of morning coffee!

latest blog posts

When coffee leaves turn yellow

When coffee leaves turn yellow

Dulce Posadas (27) is the daughter of a smallholder coffee farming family, who got involved in the local group of the initiative for coffee&climate (c&c) in Honduras, implemented by Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS). With the help of the initiative, she learned...

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Our webinar “Unspoken Realities” is now online!

Our webinar “Unspoken Realities” is now online!

Our webinar, “Unspoken Realities: About the safe use and handling of agrochemicals” is now online! During our webinar, Lilian Törnqvist, Senior Advisor at the Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI), and Thomas Alveteg, Senior Program Specialist at the Swedish International...

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The effects of agrochemicals on the environment

The effects of agrochemicals on the environment

If used correctly and safely, agrochemicals can prevent and control pests, diseases, and weeds to greatly improve the harvests of coffee farmers. However, during spraying, only a small amount of the toxic chemicals reaches the targeted pests, diseases, and weeds. The...

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our impact

local trainers

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

c&c was started in 2010 as a public-private partnership by important coffee companies and development organisations.

Since then, various other members have joined the initiative.

current members

implementing partner