International Coffee Partners (ICP) has launched the third phase of its Coffee & Climate (c&c) initiative, combining the necessary steps to tackle the effects of climate change on coffee production and producer communities in a pre-competitive and collaborative way.
ICP say climate change is a global challenge and climate action a global responsibility, and it’s no different in the coffee sector. It adds the effects of climate change on coffee production are so huge that it is impossible for sector actors to address them alone.
c&c members have joined forces to promote concrete actions benefitting smallholder families by enhancing the viability and resilience of coffee production systems and coffee landscapes. They pool resources, experiences, and learnings, and closely collaborate towards a common goal.
“Climate action has a growing importance for the coffee sector”, says Stefan Ruge, c&c Program Manager.
“From coffee production to consumers’ morning coffee, climate has become a core topic. And we observe, that all actors are looking for partnerships to solve the challenges together.”
C&c brings in 10 years of experiences in developing climate-smart agricultural practices, like On-Farm Climate Monitoring, and the production and usage of Biochar on smallholder production systems.
“c&c is offering a wide range of opportunities for private and public partners, NGOs, and Academia to get involved in a strong and dedicated pre-competitive partnership,” says Ruge.
Proven climate-smart solutions are shared in an open toolbox and coffee farming families are taught how to use them to improve their livelihoods. The initiative not only supports farmer families and helps to shape climate smart coffee regions, it also focuses on the establishment of carbon neutral coffee systems and fights deforestation.
ICP is hosting a webinar titled “Being cool has never been so hot” on 16 March at 3pm CEST to detail more about the actions of c&c and what the coffee sector can and should do as part of the initiative. Register for the webinar HERE
The shareholders of ICP are Delta Cafés (Portugal), Franck (Croatia), Joh. Johannson (Norway), Lavazza (Italy), Löfbergs (Sweden), Neumann Gruppe (Germany), Paulig (Finland), and Tchibo (Germany), in cooperation with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung is coordinating and implementing c&c action.
For more information, visit www.coffeeandclimate.org