The Coffee of the Future

Top 5 Photos of 2021

By Stephan Hardeman

Compelling images are an important aspect of showing both the impacts of and solutions to climate change. While there are numerous narrative stories of this nature, images serve a unique purpose, as they can either supplement a story or tell one on their own. The utility of images—and the pronounced need for more climate change-related imagery—is the reason Climatelinks added a photo gallery to supplement its blogs, resources library, and events calendar. 

Since its inception in 2019, the Climatelinks photo gallery has grown to host more than 400 images of climate and development across 54 countries. Through community submissions and annual photo contests, the photo gallery has matured into a resource for the entire Climatelinks community. Images found in the photo gallery are available for viewing, download, and use by the Climatelinks community (with proper credit).

Below are the five most popular images of 2021.


Teaching Farmers New Methods for Drought Tolerance

Teaching Farmers New Methods for Drought Tolerance

Cattle are being directed into pens for feeding in Lukange, Zimbabwe, in September of 2019. Droughts and floods happen with increasing frequency in Zimbabwe and other countries in Southern Africa. Small-scale farmers who depend on rain-fed agriculture are hit the hardest by the unpredictable cycles of drought and flood. Through demonstration sites, Catholic Relief Services is teaching low-income animal farmers in these affected areas new agricultural methods that help them plant drought-tolerant fodder crops to feed their animals.

Credit: Dooshima Tsee/Catholic Relief Services


Seeing is Believing

Seeing is Believing

A woman potato farmer inspects a demonstration farm in Hooghly, West Bengal. With a group of other women, she has leased land and entered the PepsiCo supply chain as an independent farmer for the first time. This was also the first women-led PepsiCo demonstration farm in West Bengal, increasing recognition of women’s role in agriculture. Over the past two years, USAID and PepsiCo have reached over 1,000 women farmers with improved agriculture techniques and provided gender awareness training to all PepsiCo staff in West Bengal. The innovative partnership between the USAID-funded Integrated Land and Resource Governance Program and PepsiCo is demonstrating that women’s empowerment can increase the potato supplier base for PepsiCo, improve yields and profitability for rural farmers and PepsiCo, and promote the adoption of sustainable and regenerative farming practices that advance USAID’s and PepsiCo’s global climate change commitments.



The Coffee of the Future

Sombra (Shade)

As the impact of climate change on coffee becomes more evident, producers and buyers question the intensive cultivation methods, which rely on inorganic fertilizers and full sun exposure, promoted during the last decades. Deforestation is another consequence of intensive cultivation, as producers clear forest to maximize yields. Deforestation releases greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. This isn’t the type of change that will sustain coffee cultivation today or in the future.

Solidaridad is an international civil society organization with more than 50 years of experience in developing solutions to foster more sustainable supply chains. Through an initiative called Coffee of the Future, Solidaridad works with farmers to produce more coffee on less land, which protects the forest within farms and surrounding areas.

Credit: Juan Manuel Cornejo/Solidaridad


Climate Refugees in Malawi

Refugees in Malawi

Musago Mirida is a mother of three and a refugee from Burundi living in Malawi. She was born a refugee in Tanzania in the 1970s. In 2012, she went back to Burundi and stayed there for two years. In Burundi, she lived along Lake Tanganyika. Her husband was a fisherman, and she was cultivating rice, sweet potatoes, and plantain. When they came back to Burundi, neighbors were not happy since they were competing for natural resources (water and land) that have become scarcer with the impact of climate change. This evolved into an open conflict and because of violence, she had to leave Burundi to Malawi in 2014. Now, she depends on food assistance and works in people’s fields to earn money to buy clothes for her children. Thanks to USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance support, Musago and 45,000 refugees living in Malawi are receiving cash assistance, which enables them to buy food in the local market (such as the rice in the photo).

Credit: WFP/Badre Bahaji


Improved variety grass cultivation for Cattle production

Fodder Cultivation in Bangladesh

In this photo, Asma Akter demonstrates the improved techniques of fodder cultivation, a new technology in her community, to a rural farmer. The improved variety of fodder can grow in low-lying and waterlogged lowlands. Her community owns land which mostly remains underwater and barren. Asma's help can increase farmers’ income from cattle, as they can now produce fodder in water clogged land and thus increase their farm production. As the climate changes, farmers need to adapt with various dire consequences. Asma is willing to extend her help to farmers in her community who own land and cattle farms. By providing her own field service, Asma has helped more than 20 farmers and has become a change agent in her community. Asma feels proud of her role towards benefitting the people in her community.

Credit: Sanjoy Chandra Bhattacherjee

Do you want to feature your photo on Climatelinks? We would love to hear from you! Submit your photo to the Climatelinks team and write a short blog to be featured in our Postcards from the Field series

Strategic Objective
Adaptation, Integration, Mitigation
Emissions, Climate Change Integration, Conflict and Governance, Climate-Smart Agriculture, Gender and Social Inclusion, Land Use, Migration, Resilience

Stephan Hardeman

Stephan Hardeman is the Site and Community Manager for Climatelinks. He draws on more than five years of experience in communications for international environmental trust funds to support Climatelinks through USAID’s Sharing Environment and Energy Knowledge (SEEK) initiative by engaging the Climatelinks community and featuring its work. Stephan has MAs in International Affairs (American University) and Natural Resources and Sustainable Development (United Nations University for Peace) and BAs in English and Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin.

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