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 effects of climate change on agricultural crops negatively affect millions of smallholder farmers. Extreme temperatures cause increased incidents of pests and wilting which result in the loss of yields for both food and cash crops. The worst consequences for...
Betty Ndugga from Luwero District in central Uganda started a coffee nursery in her village out of the necessity to restore her livelihood. Today, she uses her business to empower fellow women, help the farming community overcome coffee diseases and advance...
Aside from its beautiful hilly landscapes, waterfalls, flora, and fauna, the Mbeya region is known for being the breadbasket of Tanzania. The southern highlands of the country have enough rainfall and fertile soil that enables almost effortless growth of coffee...
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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.