Adapting to Climate Change
Thursday, June 20, 2013 |
Coffee Industry Insights, Coffee Sourcing
Matthew Algie recently signed up to the "Adapt Now" initiative,
set up by "Twin" the ethical trading organisation, to tackle water
shortages in smallholder farms in Peru.
Together with Marks & Spencer we will be supporting one of
our Peruvian suppliers, the San Juan del Oro Cooperative, in
adapting to climate change. Rainfall in the region is already
becoming increasingly erratic and temperatures are expected to rise
by up to 2ºC over the next 50 years, putting future supply at risk
from heat, water stress and increased pests.
To tackle water stress at the farm-level, we will be working
with General Manager Mateo Quispe to protect water sources, install
coffee processing infrastructure to conserve water, and develop a
family awareness campaign on responsible water use. The programme
will also support the cooperative in gaining Rainforest Alliance
Climate Change certification, adding further value to the crop.
Stay tuned for a full report in July, when we will be visiting
Mateo at the cooperative to see how things are progressing.
In the meantime you can read all about the project on the Adapt Now
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