Locally Relevant Action

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.
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Achieving climate-smart coffee in East Africa
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Climate Smart coffee in Guatemala
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Achieving climate smart cocoa at scale in Central America and the Caribbean(2-pager)
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Climate Smart Cocoa in Côte d’Ivoire Towards climate resilient production at scale
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Climate-smart coffee in Uganda
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Climate Smart Coffee in El Salvador
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Climate-smart Cocoa in Central America and the Caribbean
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Achieving climate-smart cocoa in West Africa
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Climate Smart coffee in Honduras
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Achieving climate-smart coffee in Central America (2-pager)
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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
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Estrategia Sectorial de la Cadena de Cacao en Guaviare, con Enfoque Agroambiental y Cero Deforestación
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Carbon footprints and carbon stocks reveal climate-friendly coffee production

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Carbon assessment for Robusta coffee (Coffea canephora) production systems in the Central Highlands of Vietnam: a case study in Dak Lak
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Estrategia Sectorial de la Cadena de Cacao en Caquetá, con Enfoque Agroambiental y Cero Deforestación
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Project: Implementing Sustainable Agricultural and Livestock Systems for Simultaneous Targeting of Forest Conservation for Climate Change Mitigation (REDD+) and Peacebuilding in Colombia

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Carbon assessment for cocoa (Theobroma cacaoL.) cropping systems in Lampung, South Sumatra, Indonesia
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Climate change adaptation, mitigation and livelihood benefits in coffee production: where are the synergies?

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Project: Business Models to Address Drivers of Deforestation in Peru

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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 applications are: exploring current and future optimal shading level in agroforestry or informing on irrigation amount and timing.

Exploring adaptation strategies of coffee production to climate change using a process-based model
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Website: CocoaSoils project
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Germplasm conservation and evaluation

The future of the world cocoa economy depends on the availability of genetic diversity and the sustainable use of this broad genetic base to breed improved varieties. Bioversity International coordinates the Global Cacao Genetic Resources Network (CacaoNet). The goal is to optimize the conservation and maximize the use of cacao genetic resources as the foundation of a sustainable cocoa economy.

Weather-responsive agricultural advisories

Cà phê, climate forecasts and adaptation in Vietnam
The WEFOCOS project on Weather Forecasting for Coffee Sustainability aims to develop weather-responsive agronomic advisories for Vietnam’s Robusta coffee farmers adapt their production practices in increasingly variable seasons. The project combines new advances in seasonal weather forecasts based on downscaled climate models and data from sensors installed on selected coffee farms to provide more locally-relevance coffee management recommendations. Through integration of this site-specific information, the adaptation strategies are transformed to dynamic agricultural advisory, related to forecasted seasonal weather for specific locations. This project is being made possible by funding from the Nordic Climate Facility, support from CCAFS, and our partnership with the University of Copenhagen, Ecom Agroindustrial, and Real-Time Analytics.

Farmers will be able to access the much needed forecasts and advisory through a mobile application that is currently in development and will be tested among select farmers before a larger roll-out among Robusta coffee farmers.