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: