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
Morris and his wife Erize Mwashirindi have been growing Arabica coffee in Southern Tanzania for decades since Morris inherited his father’s land. Although Southern Tanzania experiences only one rainy season in the year, the rainfall can be quite heavy and prolonged....
Interview with Kathrine Löfberg as the new c&c Chair Kathrine Löfberg, Löfbergs, Sweden, has just been appointed as the new Chair of the initiative for coffee&climate (c&c). She follows Nanda Bergstein, Tchibo, Germany, who has been holding the mandate for...
From Husk to Dust: Making Biochar into a Business It all started with the love of motorbikes. A group of young men, all with modified old machines would come together to hang out, drive around the village paths, talk, and make plans for the evening. Rukim, one of the...
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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.