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Márcala, Honduras


Café Organico Marcala (COMSA) is a cooperative of 1,573 small coffee producers in Márcala, La Paz, Honduras. COMSA has a strong history as a leader in the organic coffee industry and a strong history of reforestation. Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic and hurricanes devastating the region, COMSA like many other small-scale farmer cooperatives has had to prioritize their funding to go to immediate relief needs. We have teamed up to launch a campaign to plant 40,000 trees to keep their reforestation and agroforestry programs moving forward!

The project’s main aims are

  • Promote agroforestry among coffee farmers through planting trees alongside coffee crops for conservation and protection of the environment. 
  • Reforest part of the forest damaged by the bark beetle infestation in the area thus improving water retention, temperature regulation, oxygen production, increased carbon fixation, and biodiversity of wildlife.
  • Reforest micro-basins and sub-basins, to contribute to the recovery and protection of water flows through the planting of timber species such as pine, sweetgum, laurel and gravileum that fulfill environmental functions.

The Finca Biodinamica La Fortaleza is a Center of Knowledge Sharing, meaning they do farmer exchanges with both members of their cooperative, neighboring communities and small-scale farmer organizations from all over. COMSA and the Finca Biodinamica are internationally recognized for their trainings on organic farming, soil health and agricultural microbiology, micro-organisms and composting techniques, and their holistic approach to growing that centers values such as justice, solidarity, peace and reconciliation of the human being with the cosmos, the earth and with the farmer.

The project will work with students from the COMSA International School and various community associations. The Finca Biodinamica La Fortaleza will provide them with a number of trees and they will be responsible for transporting, planting, caring for them in accordance with the reforestation plan. The project will also create public educational centers along with awareness campaigns on the importance of planting hardwood species, training for the planting of trees in micro-watersheds, sub-watersheds and on coffee farms.


Organic Coffee Márcala SA de CV, (COMSA) It is a cooperative of 1,573 small coffee producers in the region from Márcala, La Paz, Honduras. COMSA was founded in December of 2001 around economic, social and environmental objectives with a strategy to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development through the sale of organic coffee. 

COMSA has a philosophy of life, based on human health as a premise for the improvement of the farm’s health. Using organic products to protect the environment and diversify in the land, COMSA’s philosophy is that in order to change the world around you, you must start with yourself and change your thinking and way of life.

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