Studies estimate that by 2050, half of the world’s coffee-growing lands will become unsuitable for coffee due to climate change. That could spell disaster for the nearly $70 billion industry that over 150 million people depend on in some way or another.
Climate change’s impact has been seen for decades in coffee-growing countries. It affects every point in the process: from the time it takes coffee trees to fruit, to changing harvests, to all-out decimation from catastrophic rains and other extreme weather events.
At Peace Coffee, we’ve made strategic decisions to put people and planet over profit to create a viable ecosystem for coffee farmers and their lands. Every day farmers across the globe face challenges that can often make or break their entire growing season.
Coming together to combat climate change
One way small-scale farmers can confront the challenges presented by climate change is through growing cooperatives. Cooperatives empower farmers to have a voice in the supply chain and gain access to knowledge and resources to adapt their farming techniques to environmental changes.
Cooperatives also provide premiums for quality, organic and fair trade certification that enable farmers to purchase efficient modern equipment, composting tools, and the development of model farms to promote farmer-to-farmer learning.
We’ve invested over $50k to help farmers fight climate change
We formed the Climate, Carbon, and Coffee Initiative with other like-minded coffee roasters in 2017. We invest 3¢ from each pound of coffee purchased to local initiatives to help farmers adapt to climate change. Some of C3’s projects include replanting abandoned plots to create test farms and conferences for farmers to exchange new tools and techniques.