Fairtrade Africa has rolled out Phase 3 of its Climate Academy Project, which aims to increase the resilience of small coffee producer organisations.
The project uses training and the subsequent application of insights, skills and techniques designed to help farmers adapt to climate change. Phase 3 is being implemented in Ethiopia, to help coffee farmers there.
The Climate Academy Project is a Dutch Lottery-funded project with funding of €1.1 million. The first two phases are being implemented in Kenya, targeting small producer organisations in Machakos, Kericho and Nandi counties.
The Ethiopian project is being implemented in collaboration with Fairtrade International, Max Havelaar Foundation in the Netherlands, Food Cabinet and the International Institute of Coffee Research.
The project aims to foster organisational development, environmental and financial sustainability, and greater autonomy, and provide a strong foundation for farmers to begin implementing climate change adaptation measures.
“Climate change is significantly affecting coffee farmers in Ethiopia,” said Fairtrade Africa. “Increases in temperature and changes in precipitation patterns are reducing yields and quality and increasing problems with pests and diseases.