Walter Matter joines Initiative for Coffee&Climate (c&c)
as a new member
August 21 - 2021 Coffee Geography Magazine
The initiative for
coffee&climate (c&c) welcomes Walter Matter as a new member of the growing
alliance. With more than 10 years of action, c&c is one of the most
robust networks in the coffee sustainability landscape. The private and public
partners within c&c are working closely together on the pressing issue of
the impact of climate change on coffee production.
The century-old coffee and cocoa beans merchant has always had the well-being of its farming communities at heart. Based on a holistic view, Walter Matter's sustainability approach aims at preserving the environment by adopting sustainable agricultural practices while contributing to social and economic progress.
"Welcoming new members gives us the opportunity to extend our pro-active and collaborative cooperation," Ruge elaborates. At a time when the coffee sector faces climate change as a major challenge and threat, close collaboration is key to achieving climate-resilient coffee-based livelihoods and establishing healthy coffee landscapes.
c&c members not only benefit from the
knowledge generated on climate-smart agriculture, but they also work together
and contribute their know-how for the continuous development of relevant
climate knowledge. The overall goal is more resilient coffee supply chains and
ultimately, improving smallholder coffee farming families' livelihoods.
The initiative for coffee&climate has been
implemented by Hanns R. Neumann
Stiftung (HRNS) since its
inception in 2010. c&c is encouraging private companies and public partners
to join the initiative. Roasting companies, trading companies and farmer
organizations as well as development agencies can become members. NGO's and
research institutes are also invited to participate.
The initiative for coffee&climate (c&c) is a
pre-competitive partnership made up of public and private partners, working to
support smallholder coffee farming families and their communities to
effectively respond to climate change, increase their resilience and improve
Since its founding in 2010, c&c has developed and implemented
suitable responses to climate change in seven regions worldwide. Following a
five-step participatory and inclusive approach, smallholder families get access
to practical tools and knowledge, allowing them to adapt their farms to climate
change, minimize carbon emissions and enhance the carbon storage potential in
With more than 92,000 coffee farming households supported to date,
c&c is currently in its third phase of implementation and will reach an
additional 80,000 families by 2024.