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Costing and Planning Agriculture's Adaptation to Climate Change: Small-holder Coffee Cash Cropping in Rwanda

Submitted by Tahia Devissche... 6th March 2011 22:42

The ability of the Rwandan coffee sector to compete in the global market by producing the highest quality of coffee is threatened by climate change at a number of stages along the supply chain. Seasonal shifts affect crop production, mudslides caused by storms threaten the ability to process the coffee quickly enough to ensure it meets the highest quality standards, and poor rains lead to a glut in production.

This project aims to develop adaptation pathways, specific to the needs of the Rwandan coffee cash-cropping system, considering the roles of different stakeholders across the public, private and third sectors at different levels. This will allow the costs of adaptation to different actors to be calculated and this is important in discussing how the international community can best support agricultural adaptation.

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Muyeye Chambwera, IIED, London muyeye.chambwera@iied.org

Ngabitsinze Jean Chrysostome, National University of Rwanda, jeanchrysostome@hotmail.com