San Martzín de Pangoa, Peru
450 farmers and community members
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Based in the foothills of the Peruvian Amazon where the Andes mountains meet the rainforest, a cooperative of 691 farmers and families are growing coffee and cacao and working to combat climate change. Through farmer-driven reforestation programs, Cooperativa Agraria Cafetalera Pangoa (CAC Pangoa) farmers are restoring water and nutrients to their soil, increasing production of coffee and food and pulling carbon out of the atmosphere.
Grow Ahead teamed up with CAC Pangoa to support a women-run reforestation project in the Peruvian Amazon. The Pangoa Women’s Committee has a long history of supporting the women producers in the cooperative and this project strives to provide economic opportunities for women and protect lands from the effects of climate change.
The project planted 22,500 trees on 45 hectares with 90 women cooperative members and created three community associations for monitoring, evaluation and community education.