Helping Sumatran Farmers Respond to Climate Change

The effects of climate change are far-reaching, and farmers around the world are especially sensitive to the impact. Traditional farming strategies may not yield the same results, and farmers now contend with an increasing number of variables that can affect coffee production.

Conservation International’s Sumatra program manager Fazrin Rahmadani is witnessing this firsthand. “In the past, a stable climate in Sumatra minimized instances of pests and diseases, helped regulate the rainy season and made it easier to predict fertilization periods for coffee,” writes Rahmadani. Today, unexpected changes question tried and true farming methods and introduce new challenges. The coffee berry borer (Hypothenemus hampei), for instance, has begun “expanding to higher altitudes and posing a growing threat to coffee crops.”

With the help of our partners at Conservation International, it’s our goal to help farmers address these challenges as they arise through our C.A.F.E. Practices program. Helping farmers thrive in the midst of a changing climate is fundamental to our mission statement, and helps to secure the future of the thing we are most passionate about: incredible coffee.

Read Rahmadani’s full blog entry here to learn how Starbucks and Conservation International are working together on a pilot approach to helping farmers respond to the effects of climate change without sacrificing the principles of high-quality, climate-friendly coffee production.

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    • freeman1962
    • 11/15/2012 9:54 AM

    Climate change; unspecified "changes"; unspecified "challenges". Does anyone else smell Agenda 21?

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      • freeman1962
      • 11/15/2012 9:58 AM

      In reply to: freeman1962

      Erratum referencing previous post: for "do not depend" replace with "depend".
      Sorry... I was distracted. : )

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    • astavisky
    • 12/3/2012 5:24 PM

    What ever happened to moving to where the weather is more favorable? That's what our ancestors did 10's of thousands of years ago. Seemed to work out ok.

      • jhfringe
      • 12/26/2012 4:47 PM

      In reply to: astavisky

      astavisky: Are you saying that all farmers should just move? Because our output of greenhouse gases is destroying the planet, we'll just adapt? And exactly where would those farmers move where they'd be sure to not feel the effects of climate change? I'm talking about direct and indirect effects: extreme weather events, drought, heat waves, heavy downpoors, flooding, tornadoes, new plant diseases & pests, and coastal area flooding caused by sea level rise , storm surge, and tidal effects.

        • elitewolverine
        • 7/15/2013 6:39 PM

        In reply to: jhfringe

        You mean like our ancestors did?

        You mean those countless civilizations who moved due to temperatures, rising sea levels and war/famine/death/disase.

        The fact you even posted this shows you know little of human history and the civilizations that have come and gone because of mother nature with no help from our advance tech.

    • Redheadedrob@yahoo.com
    • 3/30/2013 8:30 AM

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    I am encouraging everyone I know to boycott.
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    • Atenrten@gmail.com
    • 8/30/2013 8:51 AM

    Climate change.. Global warming?? IS FAKE ... NO SUCH THING ,

    • cucullin@hotmail.com
    • 9/11/2013 6:16 PM

    Starbucks partnering and support for Conservation International (CI) is commendable. CI is one of the most worthwhile charities in the sense that most of the funds donated go to supporting conservation efforts, not administration or advertising. Given the effects of climate change on the coffee growers such as the Sumatran farmer featured in the blog entry, perhaps it's time Starbucks provided a fixed donation from each pound of beans sold to support conservation efforts in each region.

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