AdapCC has been implemented as a pilot initiative to create examples of how to cope with climate change in small-scale
agriculture production. For the first time since the beginning of the international discussion and research on climate change,
a private company and a development cooperation agency have set-up a partnership to work jointly with small farmers to put
climate change adaptation into practice at the local level.
As a pilot initiative, AdapCC has made clear the potential to scale up the approach not only within the small-scale coffee
and tea sector, but also within the wider Latin American and East African agriculture sector.
The extension of the pilot case AdapCC is recommended at the following different levels and will be continued by existing
partners and multiplying institutions:
- within the Cafédirect producer partner network, so a wider number of producer partners from the tea, cocoa and coffee
sector will be able to benefit
- within the coffee and tea sector, especially in Latin America and East Africa, to scale up exemplary adaptation
strategies to the mainstream coffee and tea trade
- within the public sector to integrate results and lessons learnt into policy strategies and programmes
- to the sector of international development cooperation, so a wider number of farmers and rural communities, as well as the
agricultural sector as a whole, will be able to benefit.
Upscaling the AdapCC approach not only means extending and disseminating the results and lessons learnt from the pilot project,
but also determining which future opportunities to take on and which hurdles to overcome. AdapCC not only resulted in transferable
results, but also raised questions that still need to be answered if you wish to cope with climate change. Besides disseminating
the existing results, the lessons learnt shall be used to further technically develop long-term adaptation strategies.
Recommendations for designing future climate change adaptation projects in agriculture:
- Designing adaptation strategies should be scaled up to a more long-term and strategic level, considering the
implications for the mainstream sector, the future marketing potential and the value chain as a whole. The existing
scientific climate maps, predicting future suitability of current production areas, should be designed as more in-depth
studies, keeping in mind a more complex entity of influencing factors and potential impacts on quantity, quality and
markets, but also new opportunities resulting from changing climate conditions like more appropriate crop varieties or more
suitable alternative products.
- Knowledge on more resistant crop varieties based on the existing agro-biodiversity should be generated as public
knowledge. With support of public, scientific and private institutions farmers should be enabled to benefit from crops
adapted to climate change and get access to planting material and knowledge.
- The generation of carbon credits, climate friendly certification systems or other systems of payments for
environmental services could be opportunities to sustainably finance adaptation in agriculture productions systems.
Furthermore, those measures are not only generating additional income but also have positive impacts on the enhanced
resilience of an agro-ecosystem as they often contribute to the conservation of biodiversity and natural resources, improve
the water storage capacity of soils and enhance agriculture productivity. Hence, more profound technical and practical
knowledge on how to integrate those opportunities into adaptation strategies need to be generated and spread in the
- Build long-term partnerships between private und public actors and design development cooperation projects to
strengthen the capacities of public institutions to support adaptation to climate change in agriculture on the long run.
Scientific work should form the basis for political decision-making, future climate change impacts on economies should be
analysed and the costs and benefits of adaptation need to be considered.
- Besides technical adaptation knowledge the availability of financing and insurance mechanisms will always be the
second most important success factor. Thus, financing options should be made available at public and private level.