coffee&climate

Locations:   Brazil, Honduras, Guatemala, Tanzania

Project Overview
Since being founded in 2010, the initiative for coffee&climate (c&c) implements its vision to enable coffee farmers worldwide to adapt to climate change.  c&c is implemented by Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS).

c&c as an open global partnership of coffee companies and development organizations is solely committed to enabling smallholder coffee farming families to better respond to climate change in the short and long term by increasing their adaptive capacity and resilience.

The experiences gained from direct support to farmers in terms of practices and methodologies are brought to scale in different project regions.

Brazil

The initiative started its activities in 2011 in the main producing regions of the state of Minas Gerais. c&c in Brazil supports the validation of climate change adaptation practices and conducts training of trainers with the participation of stakeholders of the entire supply chain. Moreover, c&c empowered the Community of Practice (CoP) on climate change adaptations which is a platform to build a social learning from the systematization and exchange of experiences of their members. Conclusions are shared with the private and public sector to advocacy improvement of services and policies to support the resilience of coffee production systems. Since c&c is active in Brazil, more than 12.000 farmers have been trained on climate change adaptation and mitigation practices (status 2018).

Honduras & Guatemala

c&c in Central America is currently working in the Trifinio region where both countries meet their border. The team has been monitoring weather patterns to identify climate hazards and impacts on coffee production. Together with regional stakeholder and farmers c&c is supporting the development of strategies for climate adaptation or mitigation. Based on the findings more than 2.000 farmers were trained on adaptation tools.

Tanzania

c&c is currently active in the Mbeya rural district in Southern Tanzania and in the Kilimanjaro and Arusha districts of Northern Tanzania. Through the conduction of workshops and training on climate-smart agriculture practices to strategic partners, c&c in Tanzania shares the knowledge sector-wide. Furthermore, c&c promotes climate adaptation and mitigation practices and links beneficiaries to service providers – for instance to alternative energy. The initiative is also, through HRNS, mainstreaming adaptation and mitigation options throughout other vital social-economic activities including gender and youth as they contribute to climate. Women and youths are the most affected demography hence their inclusion in the project enhances the subject when addressing it to direct beneficiaries. Overall the c&c team in Tanzania trained more than 4.500 farmers.

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