Actions and Detail Panel
Coffee, Climate and Fairtrade
Mon 6 March 2017, 19:00 – 21:00 GMT
A talk by Santiago Dolmus, a coffee farmer from Nicaragua
Santiago is part of Cecocafen, (Central Association of Northern Coffee Cooperatives) in Nicaragua
Cecocafen was founded in 1997 and now has 2,400 members organised into twelve community based co-operatives. They have been selling their Fairtrade coffee in the UK through Cafedirect since 2002. Find out more here,
Nicaraguan farmers are already suffering severely from the consequences of climate change: erratic, unpredictable weather patterns with more frequent drought, floods, and hurricanes.
As in other areas around the world, coffee is no longer viable at lower altitudes due to climate change so many farmers are converting to cocoa production.
During his talk at Portsmouth University, Santiago will highlight the importance of Fairtrade and give examples of programmes to counter the impact of climate change.
Snacks and drinks available
This talk is part of a tour organised by Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign
Santiago Dolmus biographical information
Santiago comes originally from a campesino (small scale farmer) family in northern Nicaragua who made a living from growing beans, maize and coffee.
Since 1996 he has had extensive experience of working with coffee co-operatives with a variety of responsibilities relating to strengthening the capacity of the farming families and their communities.
Since 2005 he has worked as the co-ordinator of a technical services team for an umbrella co-operative called CECOCAFEN (Central Association of Northern Coffee Cooperatives) based in the Matagalpa region of northern Nicaragua.
CECOCAFEN was founded in 1997 with 500 small producer members. They now have 2,600 members organised into twelve community based co-operatives. In the UK their Fairtrade coffee is sold through Cafedirect.
Santiago’s responsibilities include: technical training with members for the 12 community based co-operatives to improve production and support them in complying with Fairtrade certification; oversight of a climate change adaptation and mitigation programme; following up a programme of replanting coffee plantations and improving infrastructure in order to produce better quality coffee.
The themes of the visit will be the impact of climate change on the producers; the mitigation and adaptation programmes the Co-operative has developed, (including a conversion programme from coffee to cocoa production because of climate change); what difference Fairtrade has made to the producer families and their co-operatives; and why the threats posed by climate change mean that Fairtrade is every more crucial.
Santiago will be in the UK from 1 – 12 March.
Further information: Helen Yuill, firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 7561 4836 or 07957 293 792