Farmers of the Cauca and Nariño Departments are exposed to strong erosion accompanied by landslides, and suffer from growing water scarcity. Associated farmers are highly dependent on coffee production, complemented with milk and meat production. The project, in partnership with the Federación Nacional de Cafeteros (FNC), aims at planting trees inside and outside coffee farms, to secure, increase and diversify their revenues while preserving freshwater springs of the valley.
Deforestation has been fierce in the area in order to establish pasture and cultures. Farmers are now exposed to strong erosion profiles accompanied by landslides, and suffer from growing water scarcity. Local associations of producers are aware of the environmental emergency.
Farmers are very involved and highly interested in reforestation, in particular for sustainable timber production. Planting trees of local native species will contribute to:
– 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
The Federacion Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia manages technical assistance and coffee selling.
297000 trees have already been planted with more than 1000 farmers.
LocationCauca and Nariño regions
Agroforestry and reforestation
Local partnerFederacion Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia (Colombian Federation of Coffee growers)
ParticipantsMore than 1000 small-scale coffee farmers from Cauca and Nariño clusters
Achievements297,000 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 1000 small-scale coffee farmers participate in this project.