Created in 2014, this project aims at:
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 a 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
Pintze is an afforestation and reforestation project, located in the hilly region of Huehuetenango, alongside the Mexican border. In this region, coffee is recognized for its high quality beans.
It is grown by small-scale farmers on the hillsides of Vista Hermosa, Esperanza and down. Average size of coffee farm is close to 1.0 ha. Coffee trees are growing 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 in order to maintain productivity and quality.
Additionally, the majority of small-scale farmers has been badly hit by rust in the past and is constraint to renew its coffee ￼fields. Enhancing the coffee production resilience in terms of yields and quality, through an agroforestry project, constitute the best strategy to support economically local communities.￼
The project has been implemented in the influence zone of associations from Huehuetenango cluster and started with ADESC, ASCAFCA and UPC farmer associations.
Planting trees within the plots will ensure regeneration and soil fixation, preservation of biodiversity, improved productivity and quality of coffee, and diversification of income for local communities.
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. In two years, Fruit and forest trees have been planted with two main objectives well defined: generate environmental services and contribute to the economic development of local organizations and coffee producers of the Huehuetenango area.
LocationHuehuetango and Fraijanes areas, Guatemala
Agroforestry and reforestation
Local partnerADESC, UPC, ASCAFCA, ASDEFLOR, Comal and ADIESTO ASOPERC
Participants899 small-scale coffee farmers
Achievements410,000 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 for the Huehuetenango project are the 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.