Sustainable farming in the cloud forest

The problem

Coffee cultivation is one of the primary threats to the cloud forest because of unsustainable growing methods.

It is also one of Peru’s most important agriculture sectors and for most of the 200,000 coffee producers, growing coffee beans is their only source of income.

This project focuses on training producers to use ecologically sustainable methods that will also improve the quality of their coffee and increase their income. 

What we’re doing to help

Objective: Enabling small scale coffee producers to adopt more environmentally sustainable agricultural techniques and increase their incomes

Sustainable farming and employment in the cloud forest

Location: Cajamarca, Junín, and Puno in Peru and La Paz in Bolivia
Project date: March 2015 - February 2019
Partners: ProgettoMondo Mlal  (PMM), Instituto de Promoción del Desarrollo Solidario (INPET), Cooperativa Fortalecer, Junta Nacional Del Café, Federación de Caficultores Exportadores de Bolivia (FECAFEB)
Principal funders: European Union
Funding: £835,000

The project will work with small scale coffee producers to improve their incomes and to introduce more environmentally sustainable agricultural techniques.  Project activities include:

  • Addressing overreliance on coffee by providing training and knowledge networks for alternative products such as cocoa and honey
  • Training for environmentally sustainable agroforestry techniques like layer farming and shading
  • Creating 30 new agro-forestry cooperatives, to access new markets and allow the sharing of knowledge and techniques.  This will enable producers to get better prices when buying equipment and attract larger buyers for their coffee
  • Certification scheme for agroforestry and coffee production in Peru and Bolivia to recognise and value traditional skills and sustainable harvesting, in partnership with educational institutions and government
  • Business training for cooperatives in branding, promotion, marketing and business planning
  • Devloping strategies for producing the best quality and most profitable coffee, as well as introducing new agro-forestry products for local and national markets

Coffee Agroforestry: Transforming a vital agricultural sector for a conservation and development ‘win-win’ in Peru

To be presented at CB11 in Uganda, June 2017, The objective of this paper is to promote collaboration in policy and planning between business-oriented agriculturalists, conservation-oriented foresters, and climate change-oriented environmentalists. Agriculture, forestry, environment, and land-use policies should incentivize agroforestry over conventional coffee farming and other practices that lead to deforestation or degradation of agricultural land.

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