Coop Coffees has launched a pilot project – together with allied organizations Root Capital, Cool Farm Alliance, and The Chain Collaborative – to quantify the potential for carbon sequestration in participating farmers’ fields with six partners in Guatemala, Honduras, and Peru.
The current project introduces the Cool Farm Too, a farmer-facing carbon footprint calculator, to 250 farmers to illustrate the best suite of “carbon-smart” farming practices currently being implemented in different coffee regions. This is an important step forward, demonstrating effective and easily replicable climate solutions on the farm. But achieving validated, carbon-capture measurements also allows Cooperative Coffees to move forward with their ultimate goal of compensating farmers in the form of “environmental service payments” or “carbon premiums,” based upon their respective carbon-scores.
From nurturing the smallest microorganisms in their soil to a vast array of flora and fauna in managed, multi-strata coffee production systems, these farmers are accelerating carbon capture from the atmosphere where there’s a dangerous excess and storing it in their fields. This slows the negative impacts of climate change, while improving soil health, and the ecological balance and productivity of their land. Cooperative Coffees is delighted to be a partner with them in this work!