Climate change is putting coffee production and the livelihoods of coffee farmers and their families around the world at risk.
Current and forecasted climate changes have been identified as major threat to coffee production as a whole and a threat to livelihoods, in particular those of smallholder coffee farmers. Computer models suggest that by 2050 40-60 % of coffee growing areas may no longer be suitable for its cultivation -if no measures are taken.
Changes in temperature and rainfall and extreme weather events directly impact coffee quality and productivity levels. Additionally, global warming favors the proliferation of certain coffee diseases and pests, further contributing to lower crop yields and thereby threatening the livelihoods of coffee growing families.
In Central America and East Africa, coffee production is mostly rain-fed, which means that drought directly influences production, food security and income in an unfavorable way.
Because of their high dependency on natural resources and their limited capacity to cope with climate variability and extremes, smallholder farming families are the most vulnerable to this development.
How to effectively respond to climate change?
Our approach is to provide communities and individuals with the ability and resources to adapt to changes in the environment, to reduce the climate risk and to become more resilient to climate change.
In 2010, a supra-regional development partnership known as the initiative for coffee & climate (c&c) was formed, being implemented by our foundation. This initiative aims at enabling coffee farmers to effectively respond to changing climatic conditions, thereby increasing their resilience and capacity to adapt to and manage risks.