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Brazil Regional Project

Empowering small scale coffee farmers for global markets and climate change resilience in Minas Gerais, Brazil

Small-scale family farmers have been excluded from market opportunities as a result of a lack of knowledge regarding production and the market, missing organization, their position in the value chain, a poor incentive structure, and the fact that they cannot generate large volumes and are thus not attractive to traders. At the same time, small-scale coffee producers in Minas Gerais are increasingly facing challenges resulting of climate change.

A recent report by the international coffee&climate initiative (c&c) shows that farmers will increasingly be exposed to the consequences of climate change in Minas Gerais, including rising temperatures, longer dry spells, increasing water scarcity, increased variability of precipitation and increasing pest infestations. Farmers are vulnerable to climate change because they lack knowledge of future projected climate risks and miss advice on how to adjust their production systems to these changes. Furthermore, they lack access to the advanced services and support structures available in Brazil and miss formal networks in which to share experiences and identify appropriate responses.

The c&c component in this project is a first attempt to assess the vulnerability of small-scale farmers in the coffee sector, pilot no-regret adaptation mechanisms with them, and link them to experimental plots and practical research sites where higher risk adaptation mechanisms are being evaluated – all in the interest of informing future adaptation work in the sector. In addition, this will support the adoption of improved farming, harvest, and post-harvest practices to increase the profitability of Brazilian smallholder coffee farmers and complete requirements to achieve certification, organize themselves to achieve economies of scale and generate enough volume to increase their negotiating power.

Local Partners

FUNDACAO BANCO DO BRASIL

International Partners

INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (MIF/IDB)

INITIATIVE FOR coffee&climate

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Quick Facts
Brazil Regional Project
Minas Gerais


BENEFICIARIES:
2,000

DURATION:
2012 - 2020

PROJECT STATUS:
running


Further Information:
1504 ICP Brazil - Annual Report (PDF) 1508 ICP Brazil - Progress Report (PDF) 1604 ICP Brazil - Annual Report (PDF) 1610 ICP Brazil - Project Progress Report (PDF)
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