It’s no secret that climate change poses a serious threat to coffee production around the world. Over the years, Tanzania has seen more frequent flooding and droughts, putting agricultural production at risk more than ever before. Higher temperatures have already decreased Tanzanian coffee farming by about 50 percent since 1960, and recent research suggests that soon, Tanzania coffee farmers won’t be able to profit at all. As Tanzania’s third-largest export, coffee plays an immensely important role in the nation’s economy -- and a threat to coffee would pose a threat to the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of farmers.
As global temperatures continue to rise, it’s up to us as coffee exporters and consumers to support Tanzania coffee producers, and this mission is reflected in Grand Parade Coffee’s Tanzanian Kilimanjaro coffee. In addition to funding local projects and paying our Tanzanian coffee producers premium prices, we are also dedicated to helping them adapt to the effects of climate change. By training them in beehive farming, teaching them to farm additional crops (such as maize and bananas), and helping them adopt mitigation strategies (such as irrigation and the planting of shade trees), we’ve helped Tanzanian coffee farmers not only survive in this climate, but thrive.