Volume 17 | July-September 2019
SHARING KNOWLEDGE - Participants in past and present EcoMicro projects met on October 30 in the Dominican Republic to share ideas about how to implement the most effective green finance solutions for customers in their countries. The next issue of the newsletter will feature a detailed story on the event - watch this space!
Brewing up climate resilience in the coffee sector
Rising temperatures, erratic rainfall, greenhouse gasses — climate change is more than just brewing, it’s beginning to reach a rolling boil. As a crop with highly specific temperatures and rainfall patterns critical to sustaining production, coffee is feeling the heat. Not only is climate change threatening the future suitability of growing regions with major shifts or entire loss, it is also amplifying the challenges already facing the industry — from aging coffee trees and pest and disease outbreaks, to poor management practices and limited investment funding for implementing change. 

Many initiatives are already underway, but adaptation of the sector at global scale requires increased alignment and acceleration of these efforts.

This brochure aims to inspire action by providing a clear understanding of the most pressing challenges, highlighting where there is room for opportunity, inspiring action through examples of successful interventions, and catalyzing investments by connecting coffee industry actors with available financing options

Read more here .
The True Price of Climate-Smart Coffee. Quantifying the potential impact of Climate-Smart Agriculture
Solidaridad, True Price, and the SAFE Platform joined forces to create a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between the costs and benefits of Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA).

In this report, new insights are drawn from the True Price methodology to define the social and environmental costs of coffee growing, such as water pollution or lack of social security, when included in the pricing of green coffee. 

The focus of this analysis is on Colombian smallholder farmers. The study is based on primary data collected from a group of 60 smallholder farmers in the state of Cauca who apply a set of sixteen CSA techniques.

The report concludes that CSA is more profitable and more cost-effective, but that some support to the farmers is necessary.

Read the full publication here .
In response to the needs of coffee farmers, the coffee&climate (c&c) toolbox was launched by members of the coffee sector in 2010 as an open online platform to address the challenges that changing climatic conditions pose to the entire coffee value chain.

The c&c toolbox is a compilation of tools, climate maps, case studies, guidelines and further training materials that equip farmers and farming communities with valuable information.

Discover the c&c toolbox as well as the c&c Sourcebook, which documents a proven methodology to assess and respond to climate risks here.
EcoMicro  partners with  Financial Institutions  to create Green Finance Products that build resilience of  Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises  (MSMEs) and  low-income households  to climate change. This is an innovative approach to developing products that  facilitates access to sustainable, low-cost energy or adaptation technologies  for MSMEs and low-income households.

EcoMicro is a Technical Cooperation Program by the IDB Lab, co-financed by Global Affairs Canada, IDB Lab and the Nordic Development Fund. The Global Affairs Canada contribution supports t he EcoMicro Caribbean Program .
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