HOST: Carico Café
Business, the environment and society need to be addressed simultaneously if we are to achieve economic and ecological restoration and a future balance.
Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world and Uganda, the world’s 6th largest exporter, is home to almost 20% of the world’s coffee smallholding farmers. In Bugisu, on Mount Elgon, the farmers live remotely at high altitude adjacent to a UNESCO Man & Biosphere Reserve. A spiral of worsening deforestation in tandem with aggressive climate events of worsening flash floods and landslides is occurring and is at a point where their last economic activity – coffee farming, is at risk.
Small businesses can experiment in business models and CARICO Café has worked with these communities using their coffee livelihood holistically as a socio-economic-ecological lever. Despite improving quality and yield, driving end-consumer knowledge of origin, livelihoods remain poor.
The session will discuss the value of holistic triple levers to address the challenge of reversal and restoration of biodiversity.