Climate change is expected to have severe consequences for millions of smallholder coffee farmers across the tropics. A recent publication by Utrecht University researchers suggests that a landscape approach for coffee production can overcome barriers that prevent smallholders from participating in more effective climate adaptation measures. Certification programmes provide avenues to communicate to farmers about sustainability and good practice, and can facilitate a move towards this landscape approach.
Climate change is expected to increase the temperature in coffee growing areas, change rainfall patterns and make the climate more variable, with severe impacts on coffee yield and quality. Implementing adaptation measures would lessen farmer vulnerabilities to these impacts.
Effectiveness of adaptation measures not always clear
Various adaptation measures have been identified in literature, but it is not always clear to what extent and at which scale these will be able to minimize the impacts of climate change.