Photo by World Agroforestry Centre scientist in semifinals of Adaptation Fund contest

By Elizabeth Kahurani, ASB-ICRAF

Mr. Sumari, an agroforestry Farmer in Jambi, Indonesia, processing his coffee

Among the photos that made it to the semifinals of this year’s Adaptation Fund photo competition is one by Hetsi Tata, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) scientist from Indonesia. The photo shows Sumari, a farmer from Jambi, Indonesia, processing coffee beans from his agroforestry farm.

Hesti explains why this photo is a classic illustration of farmers adapting and building resilience in the face of climate change:

“Sumari is one of the respondents of a study we did on tree domestication. He has an agroforestry farm where he has planted coffee with trees, beetle nut and pepper. It was a hot sunny day when I went to interview him and I found him working hard grinding coffee from his farm while his daughter helped him sort the beans based on size and quality.”

From his agroforestry farm, Sumari gets a monthly/weekly income from the beetle nuts, from the coffee he gets an income after three months, while the pepper provides half-yearly income.

According to the Adaptation Fund judges, the photos were shortlisted based on their relevance to climate-change adaptation, as well as artistic merit. The winners will be announced on Friday, 30 November 2012 at the Adaptation Fund side event at the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change negotiations in Doha, Qatar.

See Hestri’s photo on Flikr here

See all the photos in the semifinals  here

Vote for your favorite photo on the Adaptation Fund’s FaceBook page here'

Daisy Ouya

Daisy Ouya is a science writer and communications specialist with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). Over the past 15 years she has been packaging and disseminating scientific knowledge in the fields of entomology, agriculture, health, HIV/AIDS research, and marine science. Daisy is a Board-certified Editor in the Life Sciences ( and has a Masters’ degree in chemistry from the University of Connecticut, USA. Her BSc is from the University of Nairobi in her native Kenya. She has worked as a journal editor, science writer, publisher, and communications strategist with various organizations. She joined ICRAF in July 2012. Twitter: @daisyouya

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