As founding members of the initiative for coffee&climate (c&c), we at International Coffee Partners (ICP) believe in pre-competitive collaboration to address the challenges of climate change on coffee production. Climate change is a global challenge and climate action a global responsibility. The coffee sector makes no difference. As the effects of climate change on coffee production are so huge that it is impossible for sector actors to address them alone, the initiative for coffee&climate (c&c) has has entered now its third phase since it started in 2010.


Climate change is not only threatening coffee supply, it is also threatening smallholder coffee farmer families’ livelihoods. Only intact coffee landscapes can ensure their well-being and, thus, future coffee supply. We at ICP acknowledge that fact and therefor continue to support c&c in its third phase.

Working in a collaborative and pre-competitive setup for smallholder coffee farmer families

In c&c we combine all necessary steps to effectively tackle the effects of climate change on coffee production and producer communities together with other coffee companies and public partners in a pre-competitive and collaborative way. c&c members join forces to promote concrete actions benefitting smallholder families by enhancing the viability and resilience of coffee production systems and coffee landscapes. They pool resources, experiences and learnings. They closely collaborate towards a common goal. Climate smart tools are researched and implemented together. Knowledge is disseminated and expert committees in cooperation with the producer community analyze findings and jointly further develop the agenda. With our long-term support for c&c, today the initiative for coffee&climate not only brings in ten years of experiences in developing climate-smart agricultural practices like On-Farm Climate Monitoring  or the production and usage of Biochar on smallholder production systems.

Climate resilient livelihoods and landscapes

c&c supports smallholder coffee farmer families and their communities to effectively address climate change. Proven climate-smart solutions are shared in an open toolbox, and the families learn how to use them to improve their livelihoods. The initiative not only supports farmer families and helps to shape climate smart coffee regions, it also focuses on the establishment of carbon neutral coffee systems and fights deforestation.

Join the coffee&climate launch Webinar

To find out, how c&c is different and what the coffee sector can and should do as part of the initiative, we invite you to the c&c launch webinar “Being cool has never been so hot” on Tuesday March 16, 2021 at 3 p.m. CEST (Hamburg, Amsterdam, Rome).

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The initiative for coffee&climate is driven by the shareholders of International Coffee Partners (ICP) which are Delta Cafés (Portugal), Franck (Croatia), Joh. Johannson (Norway), Lavazza (Italy), Löfbergs (Sweden), Neumann Gruppe (Germany), Paulig (Finland) and Tchibo (Germany) in cooperation with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS) is coordinating and implementing c&c action.

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