Alcides Irigoin is a forester and coffee producer from Dos de Mayo. The Cloud Forest project helped set up a nursery, providing seeds, tools, screens, levers and machetes as well as ongoing training.
“Before the involvement of the Cloud Forests project, nobody knew anything about pruning - we used to plant directly, without knowing whether or not the plant had a proper root. In fact, we had no prior knowledge of anything; we had no idea how to plant trees on slopes or how to use soil to prepare a seedbed.
“The long-term benefit is that we will have sufficient resources to maintain our families. As you can see, these farms have been managed by the reforestation project, which taught us to manage our farms; you can see that the majority of the trees have been pruned and they are all the same size. We can now prune the coffee plants and the trees that provide shade. We can also prepare organic fertilizers, with assistance from Practical Action. We have learned so many things that now what we have learned so far seems easy. Thanks to Practical Action, we have participated in the reforestation project.
“With the project I believe we have reforested between 30 and 35 hectares, on average, enough to cover the entire Dos de Mayo area and we still have more trees to plant. In about 5 to 10 years’ time there will be a forest. Of course the trees were planted recently, but as the years go by there will be a positive development and that will be a message for all the farms that have not done so to plant trees. We are grateful to the project for all the much needed assistance provided to our people.”
Practical Action has been working with Awajun communities in the Alto Mayo region, to facilitate the utilization and recovery of forests through increased seed production, planting of natives trees in coffee farms, and training the community in better agricultural techniques.Read more
Alcides Irigoin is a forester and coffee producer from Dos de Mayo. The Cloud Forest project helped set up a nursery, providing seeds, tools, screens, levers and machetes as well as ongoing training. “Before the involvement of the Cloud Forests project, nobody knew anythi...Read more
Roland Fernández is a producer from the Bajo Naranjillo native community in the Soritor River Annex, and is a promoter of that community’s committee. “I found out about the project when some groups were working in my community and I wanted to join them and plant tr...Read more
The problem Coffee cultivation is one of the primary threats to the cloud forest because of unsustainable growing methods. It is also one of Peru’s most important agriculture sectors and for most of the 200,000 coffee producers, growing coffee beans is their only...Read more