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c&c is Pleased To Announce Sida as our Newest Partner!

Hamburg, January 28, 2013 -  We are excited to officially announce the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) as a new partner to c&c.

Sida is a Swedish government agency, which administers approximately half of Sweden´s development aid budget, with the mission to reduce poverty in the world. C&c contributes to the overarching objective of the Swedish government´s development policy for environmental and climate issues by means of improving coffee farming communities´ resilience and to limit climate impact on their production systems.

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"The issue of handling climate change is crucial to our task of combating poverty. Coffee & climate is an excellent example of aid and business joining forces in a very important development project, thus enabling the poor to receive more development for the money." says Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Director General at Sida

Sida has agreed to collaborate with the c&c program to consolidate best practices in a globally applicable toolbox which builds upon previous project experiences and brings together farmer know-how and climate science. Sida support is primarily dedicated to c&c pilot projects in Mbeya (Tanzania), Trifinio (Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras) and Dak Lak (Vietnam) to test and further develop the c&c toolbox, strengthen farmers' climate change adaptation strategies through training sessions and to develop long-term local capacity to provide appropriate training services. This will lead to increased coffee production and quality, which means smallholder farmers get better incomes.

"Our initiative is enthusiastic about the opportunity to collaborate with Sida on this challenging matter. We intend to incorporate the organization's capacities to strengthen c&c's farmer training model in key coffee regions and to develop a basis for extensive scaling-up of practical adaptation strategies." Michael Opitz, Chairman of the Board of Management, Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung

The initiative will take full advantage of this opportunity and will benefit greatly from Sida´s expertise on poverty alleviation as well as its long-term experience of assessing and combating climate-change-induced risk.

 

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