Feed the Future Alliance for Resilient Coffee

The Consortium

  • The Initiative for coffee&climate (c&c), to support climate change adaptation for smallholder coffee producers, managed by Hanns R. Neumann Foundation (HRNS), www.coffeeandclimate.org
  • World Coffee Research (WCR), a collaborative global research and development program dedicated to enhancing the supply of quality coffee through agricultural research. www.worldcoffeeresearch.org
  • Conservation International (CI), an international conservation organization that makes important contributions to CSA in coffee through its partnership with Starbucks and other various field programs. www.conservation.org
  • Root Capital (Root), a leading non-profit social lender that is one of the most innovative lenders for smallholder agricultural and trade finance. www.rootcapital.org
  • The Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS), a research initiative of the CGIAR that has funded work in multiple geographies, with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in the lead; the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), providing coffee and CSA related inputs. www.iita.org, www.ciat.cgiar.org
  • The Sustainable Food Lab (SFL), a consortium of businesses and non-profit organizations, with a mission to accelerate the shift of sustainable food from niche to mainstream. www.sustainablefoodlab.org

project duration: Oct. 2016 - Oct. 2020

The Need for the Coffee Sector to Become More Resilient

The global coffee industry relies on the production of millions of smallholder farming families living at or near the poverty line and residing in remote rural areas of developing countries. Those coffee farmers are particularly vulnerable to climate change while at the same time, have limited capacity to cope and adapt. Shocks are becoming more frequent and weather events more extreme.

These smallholder farmers typically are heavily reliant on coffee as their primary source of income, yet face challenges that include poor production practices, degraded natural resources, poor market access, and limited and ineffective support services, among others.


Many Solutions, Little Collaboration and Scattered Investments

Several initiatives are working on solutions – however, a joint approach and regular exchange with joint solutions is missing. The potential for synergies between initiatives is enormous and better collaboration, harmonization, and joint learning would lead to better solutions and more targeted investments to overcome the threat of climate change in coffee.


A Consortium of Experienced Organizations to Support the Coffee Sector

The U.S. Agency for International Development is supporting the coffee sector to become more resilient through this Feed the Future partnership, which was developed by USAID and private and NGO partners through an innovative partnership creation process. Through the Feed the Future Alliance for Resilient Coffee, HRNS will lead a consortium of six organizations with ample experience on mitigating climate related threats to coffee. 


With this bundled expertise, the coffee sector – and specifically the private sector within the coffee industry – will be enabled to take more concrete action to confront the climate threat by increasing knowledge and understanding, providing practical tools, building networks, and supporting concrete action.


Who Will Benefit?

  • Farmers and farmer organizations: the tools we will develop have the ultimate aim of increasing farm productivity and profitability and reducing the climate vulnerability.
  • Coffee traders and roasting companies; trade associations: we seek to create a resource to provide the information that is lacking and that decision-makers are demanding, and provide practical tools to address climate risks.
  • Governments and coffee institutes: we seek to pool resources and expertise to assemble a comprehensive toolbox of CSA tools that will be available to the general public, extension services and research.
  • Donor organizations: we seek to address barriers to the private sector taking action on climate change and CSA, and aim to support the private sector to undertake concrete action that may contribute to development priorities in target geographies of donor organizations.