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Worldwide, 25 million coffee farmers make it possible for 2.25 billion cups of coffee to be consumed each day. It's a $19 billion dollar industry relied upon by over 120 million people in more than 70 countries.

A recent report from The Climate Institute states rising temperatures and altering rainfall patterns brought on by climate change will apply enormous stress to this industry. Unless emissions are drastically reduced, “climate change is projected to cut the global area suitable for coffee production by as much as 50 percent by 2050.”

By 2080, climate change could render coffee extinct.

This means that 25 million coffee farmers—who hail from the equatorial environments where coffee can grow—could no longer support their families. This means that those reliant on coffee could become displaced, out of work, and seeking refuge. This means that, if we can't drastically slow climate change, the best way to combat this issue is to better fund the research of agricultural innovation. Without innovation, coffee won't survive—it won't be able to grow on mountain sides; it won't be able to withstand vicious pests that thrive off of the rising temperatures.

Without innovation, 120 million people could lose their livelihoods.

Sign below to request the reallocation of funds from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), so that agricultural innovation gives coffee and its farmers a fighting chance against climate change.

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To the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development:

Unless there soon comes a drastic reduction of emissions worldwide, climate change will devour one of our key global crops: coffee. Specifically, a recent report from The Climate Institute predicts that, at its current rate, climate change will cut the global area suitable for coffee production by as much as 50 percent. They also project that 30 years from then, in 2080, wild coffee will officially become extinct.

If this happens without interjection, 120 million people in 70 countries reliant upon the $19 billion coffee industry could find themselves unable to make a living. We can't let this happen.

So I write to you today to help spark that interjection, to guide your attention to the 25 million coffee farmers who—in order to overcome the obstacles that come with shifting plantations up mountain sides; in order to maximize yield despite rising temperatures; in order to combat vicious pests that thrive with climate change—are in need of innovation they can't currently fund.

I write to you so that funds of the International Fund for Agricultural Development may be reallocated, and that innovative techniques for these farmers become IFAD's utmost priority. Without such a shift, these farmers and their families run the extreme risk of perishing with the crop whose demand they've lived off of for years—a scenario no one on this earth should face.

Thank you.


Petition Signatures

Mar 25, 2017 Cindy Ray
Mar 25, 2017 André Henrique Bacci
Mar 24, 2017 Ann Reed
Mar 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 20, 2017 Sophie Miranda
Mar 19, 2017 Monica Ciapini
Mar 13, 2017 Heather Zito
Mar 13, 2017 danielle jacques
Mar 10, 2017 Maureen Downs
Mar 10, 2017 Janice Banks
Mar 9, 2017 Deborah Lombardi
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Mar 8, 2017 Irina Lamadrid
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Mar 7, 2017 Sarah Stevens
Mar 7, 2017 Suzette Henderson
Mar 6, 2017 Gilberto Simao
Mar 5, 2017 Natalie Gagnon
Mar 5, 2017 Marie Kern
Mar 5, 2017 Brianna Onken
Mar 5, 2017 Vikki Hallen
Mar 5, 2017 Linda Reeves
Mar 4, 2017 Muriel Heanue
Mar 4, 2017 Linda Tabb
Mar 3, 2017 Jamie Smith
Mar 3, 2017 Robert Payne
Mar 2, 2017 Teresa Clarke
Mar 2, 2017 Florie Trutin
Mar 2, 2017 ibrahim rexhepi
Mar 2, 2017 nathalie guyonvarch
Mar 2, 2017 susan foley
Mar 2, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 1, 2017 Sharon Sutton
Feb 28, 2017 Gina Pantier
Feb 27, 2017 Cortney Sumpter
Feb 27, 2017 Sudesh Prasad
Feb 27, 2017 Ewelina Mardyla
Feb 27, 2017 sara jagodič
Feb 27, 2017 Midge Tuley
Feb 27, 2017 Marda De Wet
Feb 27, 2017 Carmela Mazzariello
Feb 27, 2017 silvia maretto
Feb 26, 2017 EWA KUCZENSKA
Feb 26, 2017 mary lehman
Feb 26, 2017 Barbara Branham
Feb 26, 2017 Dusty Stepanski We need coffee as much as the farmers that grow the crops. The reallocation of funds from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), is a win for everyone.
Feb 26, 2017 Rose Modiano
Feb 26, 2017 Laura Schafer
Feb 26, 2017 Bonnie Gallik

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