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Climate Change Adaptation

Sustainable Technologies to Boost Productivity, Resilience to Severe Climate, Coffee Quality, and Livelihoods of Brazilian Coffee Farmers

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 16:39

This project focuses on training small and medium farmers to improve coffee sustainability through smart, clean and efficient technologies. Trainings and technologies ultimately aim to address coffee quality and provide means to access better markets. Resilience against severe climate conditions is developed through smart and low cost practices on soil, plant and pest management in order to increase yields and sustainability while lowering costs. Moreover, the advantages of being organized into groups, associations and cooperatives (such as bulk input buying and selling coffee as a group) are highlighted. Lastly, trainings have a specific focus on increasing the number of women in leadership and entrepreneurial positions. As a result of the project, a more stable supply of sustainable Brazilian coffee will be available for export while simultaneously improving farmers’ quality of life

Duration:Jan 2014 - Dec 2017
Number of farmers:

Improved climate resilience of small coffee producer organisation

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 15:21

The project aims at strengthening the extension service and lead farmers adaptive capacity in Bukonzo Joint Cooperative in Uganda. Climate resilience involves taking decisions based on observation, information and experimentation. It is a departure from a classical extension service which promotes technology and methods, without engaging the farmers in the process of experimenting with new methods (e.g. minimum cultivation, permanent cover, trash lines). The project fits into the 5 year strategy designed by Bukonzo Joint during a participatory climate risk assessment carried out in 2012, supported by Twin. This had identified soil erosion, low productivity and therefore a high vulnerability of smallholder farmers to climate variations. The model in place is based on Farmer Field Schools, and started in 3 villages, then rolled out to 3 others and in 2014 to 16 new areas.

Duration:Jan 2015 - Dec 2016

Ecosystem-based Adaptation for Smallholder Subsistence and Coffee Farming Communities in Central America (CASCADE)

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 17:33

Conservation International (CI) and the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) are working together to identify and test Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) strategies that can help smallholder farming communities adapt to climate change in Central America. The joint research project, CASCADE (Central American Subsistence and Coffee farmer ADaptation based on Ecosystems), is generously funded by the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety under the framework of the International Climate Initiative (ICI) and will run until 2017. In addition to CI and CATIE, other key partners in the project include CIRAD and Bioversity. The overall goal of the CASCADE project is to help vulnerable smallholder farming systems adapt to climate change by identifying and testing Ecosystem-based Adaptation strategies that can help farmers, and building local capacity to support the implementation of these strategies in smallholder farming communities. The project will be developed in three countries, Costa Rica, Honduras and Guatemala, and will focus on subsistence farmers and smallholder coffee farmers.

CountryCosta Rica | Honduras | Guatemala


Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:41

Climate variability has severe impacts on rural communities in Guatemala. For over 120.000 farmers, coffee provides the main source of cash income; shocks to coffee based systems have devastating effects, leading to food insecurity in the worse cases. Despite the known challenges, solutions are isolated and structures to support farmers in adapting to climate variability are weak.

The proposed program will develop and disseminate tools to make coffee systems more resilient on farm level; the network consisting of industry and sector initiatives will be used to create awareness on beyond farm.

The expected impact is high; farmers in the project region have been isolated from technical assistance and interest in innovation in light of climate variations is high. There is a strong business case to the program as it is located in the most important coffee producing regions of Guatemala.

The project integrates youth in activities to create “agents of change”; a “farming as a family business” approach is applied, making sure that the intervention takes a gender sensitive approach.

Implementing partners

Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS) Guatemala

Direct and Indirect Beneficiaries

The project aims to directly benefit 1,500 male and female smallholder farmers.


Santa Rosa, Guatemala

Duration:Jan 1970 - Jan 1970
Number of farmers:

Africa Agriculture Development Company

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 17:30

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