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Marnix van Holland

Global Office Programme Development Manager for Renewable Energy and Climate Change
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(Photo by Tamara Kaunda for our partner IIED.)

Today, most African youth seems uninterested in working in the coffee sector as they see it as an "old man's" hobby. However, the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) states that it is women who form the majority of the world’s estimated total of 25 million coffee farmers.

The fact our planet’s climate has been affected beyond repair by human intervention is one of the most thoroughly researched and well-established scientific findings of all time. If we are to even partially avoid crippling future generations with debts and dangerously degraded environments, then we need thorough action as soon as possible. A solution was sought in the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).