Created in 2014, this project aims at:
Providing solutions to coffee farmers to face climate change.
Helping farmers produce qualitative coffee by planting trees in coffee’s parcels to create shadow.
Empowering communities through agroforestry practices.
“All the family is involved in the farm lifestyle. For example my mother cultivates her vegetable garden under the shadow of the coffee parcel.” – Manuel Arbey Cortez Alban
In the Cauca and Nariño regions, watersheds and the shade coffee landscape have been threatened by uncontrolled deforestation, started 20 years ago, due to rapid expansion of agriculture and through cattle grazing mostly in the highest parcels of the valley.
Coffee farmers are mainly affected by degrading coffee farming conditions: regular pests and diseases affecting their coffee fields and yields; loss of biodiversity, reduced pollination, reduced natural pest control, reduced water resources (quantity and quality).
The coffee farms are also highly vulnerable to external disturbances (natural and market): farmers are dependent on coffee revenues with high market price volatility; increasing prices of chemical inputs (fertilizers and chemicals). This vulnerability is strengthened by climate change and always more frequent extreme climatic events (prolonged droughts, heavy rains, storms, landslides, etc.), affecting coffee farms with limited resilience to extreme events in the absence of appropriate agricultural systems and natural protection. Moreover, the coffee fields are usually set-up on steep slopes and face important problems of erosion and landslides.
- reduce erosion and landslides
- protect freshwater springs of the valley and therefore preserve its quality
- diversify farmers’ incomes through the sale of fruits and timber
- improve milk and meat production by following sylvopastoral models
LocationCauca and Nariño regions
Agroforestry and reforestation
Local partnerFederacion Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia (Colombian Federation of Coffee growers)
Participants4,974 small-scale coffee farmers from Cauca and Nariño clusters
Achievements1,298,766 planted trees
supply chainCoffee , Fruits and Vegetables , Water
Our local partner for the Cauca y Nariño project is the Federacion Nacional de Cafeteros of Colombia.
Over 4000 small-scale coffee farmers participate in this project.