Locally Relevant Action
Locally acceptable business cases for sustainable agricultural practices depend on the context of the farm and farmers. Awareness of risks, returns and uncertainties from the smallholder perspective enables supply chain improvements that are sustainable and create impact.
Adaptation packages of practices
For several regions, we developed lists of climate smart practices that have the potential to confront projected climatic change and improve the resilience at farm level. Because many solutions have a long lead time, the challenge is to use currently available means and prioritize them to take into account evolving climate change. Our sets of practices were developed through participatory workshops and validated through a review of scientific literature.
Climate Smart Cocoa in Ghana Towards climate resilient production at scale.
Achieving climate-smart coffee in East Africa
Climate Smart Cocoa in Côte d’Ivoire Towards climate resilient production at scale
Climate-smart coffee in Uganda
Carbon assessments in cocoa and coffee
Carbon assessments help to identify climate friendly practices in coffee and cocoa systems. In these studies, we evaluate the climate impact of different coffee and cocoa production systems around the world. Quantification of carbon stock and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under different shading levels and given different inputs intensities provide useful insight for producing commodities with low emissions intensity.
Study: Carbon Stock and Carbon Footprint in the Indonesian Cocoa Sector
Estrategia Sectorial de la Cadena de Cacao en Guaviare, con Enfoque Agroambiental y Cero Deforestación
Carbon footprints and carbon stocks reveal climate-friendly coffee production
Carbon assessment for Robusta coffee (Coffea canephora) production systems in the Central Highlands of Vietnam: a case study in Dak Lak
Estrategia Sectorial de la Cadena de Cacao en Caquetá, con Enfoque Agroambiental y Cero Deforestación
Project: Implementing Sustainable Agricultural and Livestock Systems for Simultaneous Targeting of Forest Conservation for Climate Change Mitigation (REDD+) and Peacebuilding in Colombia
Carbon assessment for cocoa (Theobroma cacaoL.) cropping systems in Lampung, South Sumatra, Indonesia
Climate change adaptation, mitigation and livelihood benefits in coffee production: where are the synergies?
Project: Business Models to Address Drivers of Deforestation in Peru
Coffee and cocoa crop models
Coffee and cocoa crop models are mathematical formalisms of the processes governing plant growth and yield formation as influenced by climate, soil and management. Model complexity is adapted to the objective, ranging from detailed models for testing current understanding of coffee and cocoa ecophysiology to simpler models used as decision support tools from plot to global scales.
Possible application: Possible applications: exploring current and future optimal shading level in agroforestry or informing on irrigation amount and timing.
Weather-responsive agricultural advisories
Key to coffee sustainability is weather-responsive agronomic advisories for Vietnam’s coffee farms. Through the WEFOCOS project on weather forecasting, seasonal climate forecasts based on downscaled climate models and data from sensors installed on select coffee farms are able to provide locally-relevant coffee management recommendations. This relates to transforming adaptation strategies to dynamic agricultural advisories connected to seasonal climate forecasts for specific locations. The seasonal forecasts are made available to farmers through a mobile application enabling farmers to make climatically informed decisions on irrigation, shade tree management, fertilization practice, pests & diseases management, among others. A similar approach would also benefit cocoa production.