This 3-year project involved addressing many issues impacting smallholder coffee communities including sustainable agriculture, gender equality & youth engagement. These interrelated issues meant that coffee farming in the region was becoming less viable and it was felt addressing these issues collaboratively was more likely to yield sustainable, long-term results which would benefit all parties.
Through training in new farming practices, workers are now equipped to produce organic compost and fertiliser independently, helping yields increase dramatically (+56.8%). Cupping scores have also improved with the San Juan del Oro cooperative recording consistent cup scores of 80 points+.
Progress has also been made in breaking down cultural gender norms amongst families. Following GALS training (Gender Action Learning System), 94% of participants reported a direct impact on gender roles and dynamics within their households with more responsibilities shared. Both cooperatives also witnessed an increase in female membership and women in leadership positions.
Success of the project was also seen in youth engagement with over 450 young people trained across both cooperatives via workshops and an increased number of young people becoming cooperative members (+12%).
For full details of the project and its positive impact on these issues, visit www.matthewalgie.com