HANOI, Vietnam and AMSTERDAM, October 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
UTZ Certified and the DE Foundation join forces to increase the resilience of coffee production systems
UTZ Certified and the DE (Douwe Egberts) Foundation have launched the Coffee Climate Care project (C3), a three-year multi-stakeholder initiative aimed at establishing adaptation strategies that will make coffee producers more resilient against the impacts of climate change. The project will start with one pilot group of about 500 producers in Vietnam's Lam Dong province. The initiative is financed by UTZ Certified and the DE Foundation and further sponsored by the Deutsche Investitions und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG) with public funds of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
The C3 project will have three stages: i) assessing the climate vulnerability and collecting relevant data on farms' greenhouse gas emissions and carbon stocks, ii) training of farmers on adaptation measures, and iii) the consolidation of results into a refined version of the UTZ Certified code of conduct. At the end of 2016, UTZ Certified and the DE Foundation are expecting to present the results, which will serve as the basis for future development of adaptation techniques in coffee's supply chains.
"Climate change is a global challenge. Therefore, eventually we want to apply the lessons learnt from the C3 project in Vietnam across our worldwide network of coffee producers," said Britta Wyss Bisang, Standards Director at UTZ Certified. "By strengthening our certification program in adaptation measures related to climate variability, we can build new capacities at the farmer level that will benefit all actors along the supply chain."
The C3 project will be a collaborative approach supported by the know-how of several institutions such as the Vietnamese Coffee Research Institute and the Initiative for coffee and climate, among many others.
"During our presence in Vietnam, since 2001, we have seen rainfall patterns become more erratic, with longer and more pronounced drought periods and heavier rainfall in the wet season. In the Central Highlands, this is creating problems for farmers in drying their coffee. In combination with the expected temperature increase, we may also see drastic effects on coffee production," said Don Jansen, Program Manager at the DE Foundation.
UTZ Certified started operations in Vietnam in 2002. Today more than 27,000 farmers and 44,000 hectares of coffee-producing land in the country are UTZ certified.
For more information: http://www.utzcertified.org
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