Enabling Effective Response
W e are happy to announce that the initiative on coffee & climate has published today the c&c sourcebook. It is a step-by-step guide for implementing the c&c approach, focusing especially on the adaptation of coffee produc-tion in response to climate change at the farm level. As we believe that the cooperation of all stakeholders along the coffee val-ue-chain is vital to effective cli-mate change adaptation, we would like to invite you to make active use of both, the c&c ap-proach and our c&c toolbox, which provides a first set of tools, case studies and further guiding materials for imple-menting this five-step process.
The manual describes the systematic and participatory methodolo-gy that was developed over re-cent years in our pilots in Brazil, Vietnam, Tanzania and Trifin-io (triangle of Guatemala, Hondu-ras and El Salvador) to enable coffee farmers to better respond to climate change. The manual complements a concept for Training of Trainers to share c&c experiences with other extension agents and farmer support services and thus provides the basis for scaling of the approach beyond the pilot regions. The c&c methodology was developed as a genuine mainstream solution and can be applied in any farmer training worldwide.
As processes are non-reversible and climate will continue to change and as climate impact is always location specific c&c sup-ports building adaptive capaci-ties locally to enable adaptation to any given context. Thus, c&c deliberately does not ‘instruct’ what to implement, instead coffee farmers and extension agents are enabled to develop the adaptation options based on measured/observed evidence (rather than abstract modeling) that are suited to local conditions to make coffee production sys-tems more resilient. The methodology helps identifying and scaling best prac-tice and innovation and supports strengthening linkages between the field and research.
We are clear that c&c is not the only approach to deal with cli-mate change but can assure that the methodology is compatible and complementary by strength-ening local ownership for the development of coping strate-gies. c&c facilitates systematic joint learning of farmers, exten-sionists, researchers, authorities and other sector stakehold-ers towards a common goal. Nev-ertheless, further efforts are re-quired to upgrade c&c experienc-es. Currently the initiative is focus-ing on adaptation at farm level while it is important to look be-yond the farm for addressing ad-aptation in landscapes or ecosys-tems and mobilizing communities for strengthening the resilience of livelihoods in rural areas. These are elements that c&c will take on board and thoroughly address with partners in the second phase of the program which is en-visaged to extend until 2017.
We hope that the manual together with the Training of Trainers format and the toolbox will contribute to mobilizing sec-tor players at large to join forces for ena-bling effective adaptation to climate change.