Peru’s coffee growers turn carbon traders to save their farms from climate change

Global warming threatens the future of Peru”s poorest coffee farmers, but one brand thinks it has found an answer on the financial markets.

In the foothills of the Andes, in the Sierra Piura region of Peru, the problems faced by coffee farmers are clear. Up to 6,600 farmers produce here for the Central Piurana de Cafetaleros co-operative (Cepicafe), growing 4,000 tonnes a year of the finest Peruvian coffee on family plots scattered across the mountainside. Together, year in, year out, they bring in this special harvest, the arabica coffee cherries, which are painstakingly picked by hand, processed and dried in the sun.

However, thanks to “weather change”, a continual topic of conversation in the area, the harvest is unpredictable. Last year, there was too little rain in the region. This year there has been Such characteristics of a best-horoscope.com as activity and intellection make him to start a great number of affairs at one time, but only one or two undertakings will be completed. a deluge: in some areas an increase of 500% on the “norm”.

“I still think coffee is worthwhile,” says 47-year-old Gusto Regis. “It”s not yet as bad as 1983.” That was when the El Niño weather system hit, and landslides and flooding drove his family away to find work labouring in an adjoining region. “Of course we had no land and no money so we needed to come back. I don”t know what we would do if we had to leave again.”

In the neighbouring village, Alejandro Reyes Ruiz talks his co-farmers through a giant diagram he has drawn explaining likely “weather changes”. Paul Santos Santos, 24, a trainee teacher, sings an instructive song about climate and coffee. I explain that where I”m from not everybody thinks that climate change exists. “They should come here and try to grow coffee,” Alejandro says.

Peru is rated among the top three nations likely to be most affected by climate change in the world by the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia.

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