Climate Change could cancel coffee!

Many coffee farmers are being forced to change what they grow due to rising temperatures and an increase of disease, and with coffee beans being a crop affected more than most your favourite caffeinated pick-me-up is at risk of disappearing.

Peruvian coffee farmer Hugo Guerrero, 32, is co-owner of a coffee farm in the mountainous Piura regionof South America, famous for the cultivation of quality, organic coffee. He says, “in this district, especially in the lower lands, the majority of farmers are changing their crop from coffee to sugar cane. Many have problems with pests and diseases”.

Hugo says that, without access to education and training, farmers are poorly equipped to find solutions to the onslaught of issues arising from climate change. Fortunately for him, he has been lucky enough to receive such training, which he says has only come about because of people in the UK buying Fairtrade coffee blends.

Hugo’s farm is part of a Fairtrade coffee-growing co-operative called Norandino, along with 7000 other family farms in Peru. This thriving society business ensures each farmer receives a fair price for their produce, plus provides additional training and financial support. Since joining this co-op, Hugo has been part of a cultural exchange and has learnt more about agriculture and coffee production, skills he is now bringing back to farmers in the area in the hope he can save the delicate Arabica beans that are grown in his region.

If you’d like to find out more about how buying Fairtrade Coffee can help farmers in their fight against climate change, Hugo will be speaking at a special Fairtrade Evening at Chelmsford Quadrant on 5th March, from 6pm. To find out more, or to reserve seats, call 0800 2540404 or email events@chelmsfordstar.coop.