The climate changes, temperatures are becoming more extreme, rainfalls more erratic, and seasons less distinct and predictive. This has major implications for coffee farming and, by extension, for entire communities of coffee farming families.
How can farmers not only become more resilient in the face of climate change but actually increase their yields? Achieving this is one of the objectives of the initiative for coffee&climate (c&c). Michael Opitz is Managing Director at Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung, the foundation that implements the c&c projects. He explains how challenges can be turned into opportunities and how farming families can write their own success stories despite all the adversities posed by climate change.
The YouTube Premiere of this keynote speech by Michael Opitz, which was recorded at the Terra Madre Salone del Gusto 2022 and will be shown online on February 8, 2023, at 3:30 p.m. (CET).
To participate in the event, please register on the official website.
The initiative for coffee&climate (c&c) was started in 2010 with the perspective of supporting farmer communities to better adapt to climate change. Since then it works together with the farmers to improve their situation in a holistic way. It collects data on-site about the region-specific challenges, develops and evaluates climate-smart practices, and makes the generated knowledge accessible to the whole sector. Today c&c is active in seven countries worldwide.