Conservation International


Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature that people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all.

For over 20 years, Conservation International has worked partnership with coffee producers and the broader industry to promote sustainable practices that retain the rich biodiversity of coffee producing landscapes. Conservation International has worked with smallholder coffee farmers to understand their vulnerabilities to climate change, and to identify ecosystem-based solutions. Conservation International’s renowned coffee programme has directly impacted producers and communities across more than 12 coffee producing countries.


Conservation International works with a network of more than 2000 partners, including bilateral and multilateral donors, development banks, research institutions and civil society organizations around the globe. For their coffee work, they have long-standing partnerships with industry actors as well as public donors.

Key activities:

Conservation International’s coffee programme promotes sustainable coffee landscape through practices that combine conservation, production improvements and constructive engagements to achieve sustainable coffee production and improved livelihoods. They support improved coffee production through research, land use planning and effective incentive programmes that promote forest and wildlife conservation. They also encourage government and corporate policies that support sustainable coffee through policy guidance and partnerships with companies on their sustainable sourcing and supply chain investment strategies.

Conservation International also aims to scale and mainstream solutions, by convening the Sustainable Coffee Challenge – a sector-wide coalition to make coffee the world’s first sustainable agricultural product.

Signature projects/tools:

A selection of Conservation International work on coffee can be found in the following online resources:

Priority Countries and corresponding areas of activities:

Conservation International has offices in more than 30 countries, and work with more than 1,000 partner organizations on thousands of projects in Africa, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. An overview of Conservation International global presence can be found here.