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Climate change: Emmanuel Katto's vision to protect coffee farming

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Ugandan businessman, Emmanuel Katto is responding to climate change by pushing for creative ideas to save coffee growing and the livelihoods of the farmers who depend on it.

The negative consequences of climate change, such as unpredictable weather patterns, increasing pressure from pests and diseases, and changed precipitation cycles, are currently faced by coffee farmers in Africa.

Katto has now made it his goal to advocate for the protection and support of African coffee farmers' livelihoods and save the great coffee legacy of the continent. The following support tactics are highlighted in Katto's vision as ways to lessen the effects of climate change on coffee farming:

Climate-resilient farming techniques: To assist coffee growers in adapting to the changing climate, Katto highlights the significance of putting climate-resilient farming techniques into practice. To preserve water during periods of unpredictable rainfall, these methods may include planting shade trees, varying the types of crops grown, and utilizing water-efficient irrigation systems.

Varietal selection: To increase resistance against pests, illnesses, and weather fluctuations, Katto advises coffee growers to select coffee varietals. The coffee industry may become more resilient to climate change just like other African crops by encouraging the growth of resilient coffee types.

Sustainable land management: Reforestation and soil conservation are two examples of sustainable land management techniques that may support the well-being of coffee ecosystems. These methods help mitigate the effects of climate change and sequester carbon in addition to preventing soil erosion.

Education and training: It is imperative to give coffee growers access to education and training on climate-smart agricultural methods, according to Katto. Training programs may provide farmers with the abilities and information they need to adjust to shifting circumstances.

Access to financing: Farmers frequently need financial assistance to put climate-resilient plans into practice. Katto is in favor of creating financial tools, such as grants and microloans, to allow farmers to fund adaptation strategies.

Market access: For African coffee growers, having access to international coffee markets is essential. Katto is an advocate for more market accessibility and fair-trade policies that guarantee farmers are fairly compensated for their laborious efforts.

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