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Smallholder Coffee Farmers Implementing an Early Warning System for Climate Change

Increasing global temperatures associated with climate change threaten current coffee production in two ways. Coffee production has prospered in the mid altitudes of the humid tropics with moderate temperatures - not too high and not too low – and is found in the hills and mountains of Central America.

Traditionally small farms have faced complex resource allocation decisions of their scarce land, labor and financial capital to meet home consumption and income aspirations dependent on ecosystem services, but also constrained by incomplete information access, including weather, technologies and prices.

Improved integrated crop and farm management capacities and tools to address climate variability as well as price volatility in a context of increasing market, environmental and labor regulations address these challenges which smallholder coffee households face. Using these tools, farm households improve their planning and decision-making capacity to observe and analysis key production and livelihood constraints and opportunities and design risk-reducing management strategies.

In our proposal we address four major issues in adaptation and mitigation of climate change
- lack of weather data to guide improved analysis of production system performance;
- challenges to farm households to integrate diverse single factor production and livelihood recommendations into their field and farm planning and management routine;
- opportunities to strengthen and expand the role of women and the next generation of coffee farmers in the management of more resilient productive and profitable smallholder coffee farms.

Category: Science and Innovation

Lecture Room 2

Target Audience: Traders, Producers, Roasters, Retail Operators, and Coffee Enthusiasts