Reinforce the movement towards coffee farming sustainability, limiting impacts of erosion on the one hand and developing new business opportunities for producers on the other hand.
Empower a limited number of first-level associations that will promote agroforestry in their sphere of influence.
Develop best-in-class coffee agroforestry systems towards stabilized productivity and high organoleptic quality.
Empower associations through the reforestation project by making membership more attractive.
“The more trees we plant, the more we contribute to the environment. If we would all plant at least one tree, the World would be different.” – Jose Victor Santos Salazar
Since 2014, PUR Projet has been active in Guatemala for our afforestation and reforestation projects, located in the hilly region of Huehuetenango, on the plateau of Fraijanes, and in San Marco’s territory, one of the warmest and most rainy of the country’s eight coffee-growing areas. Coffee is recognized in this region for its high-quality beans.
It supports small-scale coffee farmers to adapt to the consequences of climate change, who are dependent on the crop and have insufficient knowledge of agroforestry. Coffee trees grow on highly steep terrain, where soil erosion (due to important water runoff and heavy rains) threatens both the quantity and quality of coffee yields. Reducing soil erosion becomes critical for maintaining productivity. This project addresses worsening farming conditions such as pests and diseases by introducing species diversity and restoring watersheds to improve water retention capacity for the coffee community. Another key focus is developing farmers’ technical skills in agroforestry to develop better shade systems.
Planting native species in and around parcels creates a more resilient coffee farming system thanks to agroforestry. Each year, a new planting wave is launched and over 15 months producers are supported in the established technical agroforestry system. Planting models and species are adapted to the environmental context and needs of the farmer. Trees have the potential to reduce soil erosion, increase soil fertility and improve biodiversity while diversifying the means of subsistence.
A reforestation model was started in communal areas to tackle deforestation and limit erosion at the landscape level. Protecting water streams and downstream coffee parcels while engaging neighbouring villages is a community initiative.
Ensuring long-term maintenance and permanence of trees, local technical teams support farmers by providing pruning tools as well as training. Partnering associations are empowered to promote agroforestry in their sphere of influence. The objective is to develop best-in-class coffee agroforestry systems to stabilize productivity and increase quality.
The agroforestry program was launched with several producers’ organizations: ADESC, UPC, ASCAFCA, ASDEFLOR, Comal and ADIESTO ASOPERC. These two latter organizations are composed of small coffee farmers with an average of 75 producers per association. They are engaged in the production of AAA quality coffee, which is exported to European countries.
LocationHuehuetango and Fraijanes areas, Guatemala
Agroforestry and reforestation
Local partnerADESC, UPC, ASCAFCA, ASDEFLOR, Comal and ADIESTO ASOPERC
Participants2,394 small-scale coffee farmers
Achievements1,100,165 planted trees
supply chainCoffee , Fruits and Vegetables
- The Reforestation and Solidarity Standard by Ecocert defines a framework for the implementation, monitoring, assessment and verification of cooperative reforestation and sustainable agroforestry projects and ensures that exigent requirements are met.
- Our local partners in Guatemala are ADESC, ASCAFCA and UPC coffee cooperatives.
The participants are small-scale coffee farmers, many of them were badly affected by the rust disease in their coffee plants. They now have to renew their coffee fields. Planting different trees in their parcels enhances the resilience against diseases and extreme climatic events as well as their yields and quality. This constitutes the best strategy to support economically the populations.