TREES AND SUPPORTING PLANTS
TOTAL COMMUNITY MEMBERS IMPACTED
ABOUT THE PROJECT
COMEPCAFE is a coffee cooperative of 1,400 indigenous small-scale coffee farmers in the northern mountains of Cauca, Colombia. Most farmers and their families are isolated, and vulnerable to natural disasters such as landslides and social disruptions that threaten their food security. Because they cook with wood, significant areas of this mountainous region have been deforested.
We are teaming up with COMEPCAFE to build a new tree nursery and plant 16,875 trees-- hardwoods, bananas and plantains, bamboo and fruit trees--for food production, shading coffee plants, and increasing water conservation for 150 families.
By planting diverse agroforestry systems on their home gardens, COMEPCAFE farmers are restoring deforested land, improving food security, adding a new source of income, and increasing farm biodiversity.
COMEPCAFE is a coffee cooperative in the northern mountains of Cauca, Colombia. This coffee cooperative represents 1,400 indigenous small-scale coffee farmers. Most are isolated, and vulnerable to natural disasters such as landslides and social disruptions that threaten their food security. Because they cook with wood, significant areas of this mountainous region have been deforested. The cooperative has committed to using agroecological practices to establish and sustain agroforestry systems on their coffee farms, grow food for their local farmers market, traditional community food festivals, and their families.
Food 4 Farmers, an organization that works with coffee farmers to achieve long-term food security, began their partnership with COMEPCAFE in 2016. Their 2016 baseline study showed that 28% of families could not cover basic food needs and most families live on an average net income from coffee of about $1.30 per person per day, well below the Global Poverty Line of $1.90. Food 4 Farmers designed a food security program with COMEPCAFE to reflect their desire to take local control of their food sources, including the creation of home gardens, participation in farmers’ markets, recruiting and training new community promoters, and revitalizing traditional crop production and recipes.