Initiative for Coffee and Climate

The Coffee and Climate initiative assist coffee farmers in adapting to the effects of climate change by combining state of the art climate science with proven farming methods. To do that, they use both public and private sector expertise and funding. The ultimate goal from a development perspective is to improve the livelihoods for the smallholder coffee farmers and their families.

The project combines private sector business experience with SIDA’s goal to make sure that smallholder coffee producers and service providers in Tanzania, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Vietnam have access to adequate knowledge and instruments. This will enable them to apply and finance effective climate change mitigation strategies to tackle some of the problems faced by small farmers.

Initiative for Coffee and Climate

In 2010, key players from the private, the development and the research sector joined forces to address challenges posed by changing climatic conditions to the entire coffee value chain. The initiative is also supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ). They founded the initiative for coffee & climate (c&c) as a development partnership with the vision to enable all coffee-farming families worldwide to effectively respond to climate change. The c&c approach is currently implemented in pilot projects in Brazil, Tanzania, Trifinio (Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador) and Vietnam. These regions have been chosen mainly because of their strategic relevance as key coffee producing areas, representing Arabica and Robusta production, intensive and diverse growing system as well as wet and dry processing.

The Coffee and Climate programme is about combining climate research and practical experience to develop a globally useful toolbox that can help coffee farmers to adjust to climate change. The toolbox is a compilation of guidelines, training materials and other information to empower farmers to cope. The toolbox addresses the lack of systematically documented information and shared knowledge on good adaptation and mitigation practices in the coffee sector.

GIZ, Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI) and Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS) are implementing partners. The Coffee and Climate initiative total project cost amount to an estimated EUR 1.65 million, of which about EUR 450000 is coming from SIDA.

The PPP will enable coffee farmers worldwide to effectively respond to changing climatic conditions by:

  • combining state of the art climate change science and proven farming methods, offering suitable hands-on tools
  • forming a network of all relevant stakeholders in the field
  • applying a 360° precompetitive approach including the entire value chain


  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)

    Funding Agencies
    Staff size: 501-1000

    Swedish development cooperation is part of a global cooperation in which Sweden is one of many participants. In order to carry out its work, Sida cooperates with Swedish government agencies,...

  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

    Funding Agencies
    Germany | Staff size: Unknown
  • Tchibo

    Goods Supplier
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    Founded in 1949, Tchibo has been synonymous with freshness and quality in the coffee market for over 60 years. Originally a coffee mail-order firm, it has evolved into an international company...

  • Paulig Group

    Goods Supplier
    Staff size: Unknown

    At Paulig Group, they are united in the quest of Exploring Great Taste. They are a family-owned, international enterprise in the food industry; founded in 1876 and noted for...

  • Löfbergs

    Goods Supplier
    Sweden | Staff size: Unknown

    AB Anders Löfberg is one of the largest family-owned coffee roasters in the Nordic countries. The production is equivalent to more than 10 million cups of good coffee – per day! Our...

  • Neumann Kaffee Gruppe (NKG)

    Goods Supplier
    Austria | Staff size: 1001-5000

    Neumann Kaffee Gruppe (NKG) is the worldwide leading green coffee service group. With our unique cross-cultural network we are present in all important coffee production and consuming markets...

  • Fondazione Giuseppe e Pericle Lavazza Onlus

    Italy | Staff size: 6-25

    Product innovation cannot overshadow the protection of human and environmental resources, which is why the Giuseppe and Pericle Lavazza Foundation was established in 2002.

    The Foundation...

  • Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS)

    Staff size: 101-250

    For Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS) coffee farmers and the improvement of their livelihoods is at the heart of the activities. We are following a unique and holistic approach in the...

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Key Information

LocationWorldwide, East Asia and Pacific, Latin America and Caribbean, Eastern Africa
  • Start Date 2010
ValueEUR 1.65 Million