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At the heart of Colombia, Coffee for Peace project is supporting organic coffee installation and agroforestry coffee systems as a solution to empower communities and ensure ecosystem restauration. The project is reconciling farmers with their traditional agricultural practices and supporting the peace transition in these past conflicting regions.

Indeed, the targeted regions of Coffee for Peace, Cauca and Tolima, have faced the war between the Colombian government and the FARC (and other paramilitary groups and narco cartels), and are now undergoing a major transition and territory reconversion since the peace agreement. Moreover, as in other parts of Colombia, full-sun coffee farms are expanding, slowly setting aside the traditional coffee growing practices used to be centered around the respect of “Mother Earth”. Organic practices are still not sufficiently adopted. Along with soil quality loss and ecosystem resources degradation, coffee becomes particularly vulnerable to climate change effects and yields are decreasing.

Through agroforestry and organic practices, the project proposes sustainable value solutions to local communities.
The project has the objective to restore 2,000 ha of degraded lands through these activities.

Location

Colombia

Type

Agroforestry and reforestation

Local partner

Federación National de Cafeteros del Cauca

certifications

  • The Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) is a quality standard for voluntary carbon offset industry. Based on the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism, VCS establishes criteria for validating, measuring, and monitoring carbon offset projects.

Local partner

Federación National de Cafeteros del Cauca

The FNC is a non-profit democratic and federated organization founded in 1927 to promote the production and exportation of Colombian coffee. It currently represents more than 563,000 producers, most of whom are small family-owned farms. The FNC’s activities are directed towards improving the well-being of coffee grower’s families by providing assistance in sustainable and competitive practices within the industry.

 

Species planted

The objective is to plant around 4 820 000 coffee trees and 400 000 native forestry trees.

participants

Participants are both organic certified farmers and organic standard compliant farmers, not yet certified. The project will focus at first (2018-2019) on farmers that already implement organic practices on their farms – whether they are certified or not – to help them expand their growing surfaces in agroforestry systems and restore strategic degraded lands around them.

 

 

 

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