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Farm renovation & rehabilitation

Meeting the global need to rejuvenate coffeelands while applying best practices that restore productivity and conserve nature

Coffee trees are a farmer's greatest asset. Farmers rely on productive and resilient trees to remain competitive — and to sustain their livelihoods. Aging trees, climate change and significant pest and disease outbreaks threaten production, spurring the need for renovation and rehabilitation (R&R) of coffee farms. According to a 2015 study, we need to replant an estimated 22,000 square kilometers (8,500 square miles) globally with 7 billion to 10 billion coffee trees.

Our collective goal

Accelerate the responsible renovation and rehabilitation of coffee farms by sharing experiences, incorporating best practices and coordinating efforts and resources, making it possible for every coffee farmer to undertake these efforts as a regular part of doing business.

Partners in the Sustainable Coffee Challenge have come together to address the need for healthy, productive trees. We have set a collective target of sustainably renovating and rehabilitating 1 billion trees by sharing knowledge of R&R to improve farmer yields and meet future demand for coffee and by developing a “Guidebook” on responsible R&R to increase investment and refine and enhance existing initiatives. The Network will leverage these efforts to unlock additional resources for reforestation on coffee farms.

Why it matters?

Coffee-growing regions around the world are feeling the impact of aging trees and diseases, such as coffee rust, on the quality and supply of coffee. Supporting coffee farm renovation and rehabilitation becomes a critical element in ensuring the longevity of the industry, without expanding the footprint of coffee into forests.

Both rehabilitation and renovation can increase productivity on existing farming area. Conditions such as the age and health of the trees, prevalence of diseases, extreme weather and farmer finance, among other factors, affect decisions of which techniques to apply.