Title: Café Correcto (Right Coffee)
Location: Peru and Bolivia
Our role: We were part of a consortium lead by ProgettoMondo integrated by the National Coffee Board of Peru (JNC), the Federation of Bolivian Coffee Growers and Exporters (FECAFEB), the FORTALECER Savings and Credit Cooperative of Peru, the Institute for the Promotion of Solidarity Development (INPET), and the Coordinating Office for the Integration of Peasant, Indigenous and Native Economic Organisations of Bolivia (CIOEC-BOLIVIA).
Participants: 3000 farmers in the coffee value chain, 800 rural families and 300 leaders of coffee organisations and cooperatives in Peru and Bolivia.
Project Budget: £1.2 million
Aim: Farming that works
Lead Donor: European Union
“The change that has taken place in this community is in production and reforestation. We farmers have made this barren area in a forest, we have made it beautiful, and we are conserving it.”
Genaro Alarcón, small coffee and wood producer in Santa Fe.
The Cafe Correcto project focuses on creating a fairer economy for the coffee farming families in Peru and Bolivia.
Coffee is one of the most vulnerable crops to climate change, as its production and quality rely on rainfall and temperature. Therefore, its continuity is linked to the adaptation actions we can deploy without further delay.
In recent years, coffee farmers face several challenges around maintaining the quality and volume of their coffee harvests. Pests and diseases, deforestation, soil degradation, drylands and climate change are causing big losses. Moreover, coffee is one of the agricultural subsectors most vulnerable to climate change since production and quality are affected by rainfall and temperature variability, and if the world is to continue enjoying its favourite hot beverage, we need to explore adaptation actions without further delay.
Still, the smallholder producers face enormous challenges and live in high poverty and precariousness, with low access to public services and social security coverage. Moreover, the lack of access to technologies, innovation on farming methods and markets plays a crucial role in setting them drastically back to achieve decent living conditions, a stable livelihood, and the growth of their businesses.
Aiming to reduce rural poverty in coffee production areas of Peru and Bolivia, Practical Action worked with farmers communities and associations, development agencies, local authorities and the Governments in a coordinated strategy for just and sustainable livelihoods through coffee.
The “Café Correcto” project, funded by the European Union, contributed to this process through agroforestry techniques that added value and productivity to the coffee, diversified the crops and nourished the land; promoted the diversification of income activities, such as apiculture and circular economy goods; shared knowledge with cooperatives to support their collective bargaining power with coffee buyers; strengthened coffee organisational platforms for advocacy aimed at improving labour formalisation regulations, access to health services and insurance.
In addition, we worked with farmers, their adult children, and other young people to encourage farming and knowledge transfer continuity and innovation with youth-led initiatives. With the regional and national governments, we worked closely to incorporate these approaches into policies and budgets that addressed the coffee chain, rural labour, insurance and social security models, and new forms of access to public services.
Bringing together local knowledge and the power of partnerships, we contributed to increasing employment and wellbeing for coffee workers.
- Drafting a future for coffee farmers that is just, sustainable and profitable based on the power of associativity and public policies suitable for their needs.
- Developing reforestations models as a long-term savings alternative for producers.
- Promoting youth participation and generational change in the organisations.
- Diversifying through green businesses the coffee farming families’ income sources, reducing their vulnerability by not being dependent on one crop.
- Creating a long-lasting effect with community leaders disseminating knowledge and scaling the technologies in a farmer-to-farmer methodology.