about us


The initiative for coffee&climate (c&c) is based on the mutual interest of coffee companies and public partners to react to climate change and to develop solutions for smallholder coffee farming. c&c is much more than climate-smart agriculture. We believe that we need to connect all aspects of coffee farming communities to create a viable, climate-smart future for coffee families and the coffee industry. From climate-smart agriculture, to climate smart coffee regions, to carbon offsetting, to handling of agrochemicals, to relevant issues of integrating youth, supporting gender equality and knowledge transfer.

As a pre-competitive partnership of public and private partners, we encourage to be part of our solution to the climate related challenges in the coffee sector
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HISTORY of c&c

coffee&climate was founded in 2010 by the shareholders of International Coffee Partners (ICP) together with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). 

Phase I (2010-2016) focused on development, piloting and evaluation of the c&c approach and methodology.

Phase II (2016-2019) focused on upscaling the initiative in the pilot countries and expanding the c&c network.

Phase III (2020-2023) focuses on promoting climate resilient livelihoods and minimizing carbon emissions while enhancing the carbon storage potential in coffee farms and coffee landscapes. 

Phase IV (2024-2028) focuses on the evaluation of coffee-based agroforestry production systems and promotion of territorial climate approaches.

The initiative for coffee&climate offers membership opportunities to develop climate smart coffee production further, to strengthen the resilience of smallholder coffee farming families and to benefit from the knowledge of the coffee sector or to match the SDG Agenda as public or private donor organization. 


The initiative has been coordinated and implemented by Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS) since its inception in 2010.  

International Coffee Partners (ICP)

International Coffee Partners (ICP) is one of the driving forces behind the initiative for coffee&climate (c&c). ICP is a pre-competitive partnership of seven leading European family-owned coffee companies. With c&c, ICP established a network of partners that drive the needed change together. 

UN Sustainable Development GOALS (SDGs)

c&c is contributing to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including:

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.

founding members

Joh. Johannson
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associate members

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public partner


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