Twin has been successful in winning Big Lottery Fund (BLF) support for a new coffee project in Nicaragua. The ‘Double Espresso’ project will benefit some 10,000-plus households across 10 producer organisations in the Cafénica network.

Working with smallholder coffee farmers, the project will help them to gain the skills and knowledge they need to adapt to imminent climate change threats. The project will also provide training in price risk management, which is vital for protecting smallholder incomes in a volatile market.

Coffee produced by participating smalholders in Nicaragua will be marketed at a premium based on its climate change and environmental credentials, putting environmental concerns at the heart of coffee buying. The project will influence the coffee sector and the government to create sustainable funding mechanisms and supportive policies that enable smallholders to adapt to climate change. Roundtable meetings will be held with key stakeholders in the Nicaraguan smallholder coffee value chain, influencing and advocacy work will be undertaken and a Smallholder Coffee Adaptation Fund will be established. This far-reaching project aims to influence the entire Nicaraguan coffee sector – demonstrating and implementing much-needed climate and risk management practices.

Ian Barney, Managing Director of Twin said: “Twin is delighted to be embarking on this ambitious new project. We expect it to make a positive and sustainable impact on the livelihoods of smallholder coffee farmers and some 10,000-plus households in Nicaragua. Working with Cafénica, a wide-reaching network of Nicaraguan coffee cooperatives, the project will address key practical and agricultural needs to help safeguard smallholder livelihoods into the future.”

Read press release on Big Lottery Fund website