Building Resilience

USDA Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities: Puerto Rico Climate-Smart Coffee (Café del Futuro)

Project Profile

NCBA CLUSA’s new Puerto Rico Climate-Smart Coffee project (known locally as Café del Futuro) is among the first awarded under USDA’s historic Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities investments.

Backed by a $15 million grant from USDA, Café del Futuro unites a coalition of cooperatives, support organizations for small and underserved farmers, academic bodies and sustainability experts to establish a benchmark for climate-resilient agriculture globally. The pilot project will incentivize 2,000 coffee growers to adopt climate-smart practices by subsidizing coffee, shade and hardwood trees; providing cash grants and last-mile technical assistance; and access to specialty coffee markets with the intention of increasing incomes and promising durable economic and food security benefits.

at a glance:

October 2022 - October 2026

funded by:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
$15,000,000

Project Profile

NCBA CLUSA’s new Puerto Rico Climate-Smart Coffee project (known locally as Café del Futuro) is among the first awarded under USDA’s historic Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities investments.

Backed by a $15 million grant from USDA, Café del Futuro unites a coalition of cooperatives, support organizations for small and underserved farmers, academic bodies and sustainability experts to establish a benchmark for climate-resilient agriculture globally. The pilot project will incentivize 2,000 coffee growers to adopt climate-smart practices by subsidizing coffee, shade and hardwood trees; providing cash grants and last-mile technical assistance; and access to specialty coffee markets with the intention of increasing incomes and promising durable economic and food security benefits.

PROCAFE member Erik Torres leads a tour of his mountaintop coffee farm.

By adopting these climate-smart practices NCBA CLUSA and our partners will help coffee farmers in Puerto Rico increase their revenue from climate-smart coffee sales from approximately USD$14 million to USD$50 million by the end of the project. Beyond the quantifiable benefits to farmers’ bottom lines, the diversification of crops grown in Multi-story Perennial Cropping Systems will increase resilience for smallholder Puerto Rican coffee farmers, their families and their communities. Given that Puerto Ricans rely on imports for more than 85 percent of their food supply, farmers’ ability to expand into citrus, plantains, bananas, cacao and other crops for local and home consumption has significant economic and food security benefits.

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