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, an international civil society organization with over 50 years of experience in developing solutions to foster more sustainable supply chains, work with farmers to produce more on less land, it is what we call the Coffee of the Future, which protects the forest within farms and surrounding areas. It has reduced its reliance on inorganic fertilizers; it’s produced in the shade and uses climate-resistant varieties. It also makes economic sense to producers. Over 10,000 producers across Latin America are already producing the Coffee of the Future. This photo was taken in La Celia, Risaralda, Colombia, by Juan Manuel Cornejo. Coffee producer Orlando Castañeda appears in this photo, working in the shade on a coffee plantation as part of the Coffee of the Future program by Solidaridad   

Sombra (Shade)

Photographer Juan Manuel Cornejo
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Country Colombia

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