Type: Book

Climate-smart production of coffee Improving social and environmental sustainability


Professor Reinhold Muschler is the Latin American Chair in Agroecology and Agrobiodiversity at CATIE (the Center for Agricultural Research and Higher Education), Costa Rica. Professor Muschler has worked with leading international organizations such the FAO, World Bank and IFAD, and is internationally recognised for his research on improving tropical smallholder agroecosystems for crops such as coffee.



Publication date:

04 October 2022

Length of book:

480 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786764836

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Coffee cultivation faces a number of crucial challenges, including increasing biotic and abiotic stresses related to climate change, concern about its environmental impact and the vulnerability of many smallholder coffee farmers.

Climate-smart production of coffee: Improving social and environmental sustainability addresses the need for more resilient and sustainable methods of cultivation which produce high-quality products with minimum environmental impact while still protecting smallholder livelihoods. The book considers ways of assessing and improving social sustainability, including the role of speciality coffees in improving smallholder incomes, as well as ways coffee production can be optimised throughout the value chain, from breeding through to postharvest.

Coffee is extremely susceptible to a range of pests and diseases such as soil-borne and other insect pests, nematodes and diseases such as coffee leaf rust. This new book reviews recent advances in sustainable crop protection methods on coffee farms and plantations around the world, with a particular focus on integrated pest and disease management programmes.

With contributions from a wide range of internationally-renowned experts, the book shows how coffee production can be made more economically, environmentally and socially sustainable in the face of climate change.

Key features

  • Unique focus on achieving more resilient, ‘climate-smart’ coffee cultivation
  • Distinctive agroecological approach based on improving cultivation through optimising ecosystem services
  • Comprehensive coverage of the value chain in coffee cultivation, from breeding to pest management and post-harvest practices

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Table of contents

Part 1 Improving social and environmental sustainability
1.Global coffee production and sustainability: Carlos H. J. Brando, P&A Marketing, Brazil;
2.The coffee sector and smallholder farmers: Gabriele Regio, Oxfam, Italy;
3.Assessing and managing the environmental and social impact of coffee production: H. A. Jürgen Pohlan and Marc J. J. Janssens, University of Bonn, Germany; and Dennis José Salazar Centeno, Universidad Nacional Agraria Managua, Nicaragua;
4.Specialty coffees as drivers of change: H. A. Jürgen Pohlan, University of Bonn, Germany; Dennis José Salazar Centeno, UNA Managua, Nicaragua; Juan Carlos Torrico-Albino, UMSA La Paz, Bolivia; and Marc J. J. Janssens, University of Bonn, Germany;
5.Fair-trade coffee: how fair is fair?: Ruud Bronkhorst, InfoBridge Foundation, The Netherlands;
6.Advances in Arabica coffee breeding: developing and selecting the right varieties: Álvaro Gaitán-Bustamante, Juan Carlos Arias-Suarez and Claudia Patricia Flórez-Ramos, Colombian National Coffee Research Center (CENICAFE), Colombia;
7.Optimizing post-harvest practices in coffee cultivation: Carlos H. J. Brando and João Alberto P. Brando, P&A Marketing, Brazil;

Part 2 Sustainable pest and disease management
8.Insect pests affecting coffee: understanding agroecosystems and alternative methods of control: Luis Fernando Aristizábal-Aristizábal, Independent Consultant, USA;
9.Diseases affecting coffee: an overview: S. Daivasikamani and A. P. Ranjini, Central Coffee Research Institute, India;
10.Ecological perspectives on the coffee leaf rust: Zachary Hajian-Forooshani and John Vandermeer, University of Michigan, USA;
11.Coffee wilt disease: Julie Flood, CABI, UK;
12.Integrated management of nematodes of coffee: Regina M. D. G. Carneiro and Marcilene F. A. dos Santos, Embrapa Recursos Genética e Biotecnologia, Brazil;
13.Integrated management of soil-borne insect and fungal pests of coffee : Cesar J. Fanton and Renan B. Queiroz, Instituto Capixaba de Pesquisa, Assistência Técnica e Extensão Rural (INCAPER), Brazil; and Laércio Zambolim, Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Brazil;
14.Integrated weed management in coffee production: Cláudio Pagotto Ronchi, Federal University of Viçosa, Brazil;