This project aims to improve the lives of smallholder coffee farmers in the Trifinio region and other coffee growing regions of Guatemala and Honduras by increasing the productivity of their farms, improving the profitability of coffee production, and expanding exports to international markets. The project promotes sustainable agricultural practices, improves farm management, and enables smallholder coffee farmers to increase their yields. The project aims to reduce poverty while promoting environmental sustainability, gender equality, and youth engagement.
Working with non-governmental organizations in the region, the project provides technical assistance on good agricultural practices to coffee farmers, establishes and strengthens farmer organizations, and offers training to promote entrepreneurship among youth. This helps smallholder farmers to benefit from the increased global demand for sustainably produced coffee. The project expects to reach 6,000 smallholder coffee farmers, benefitting about 30,000 people (farmers and their families).
This project is co-financed by Tim Hortons Inc. and implemented by the Trade Facilitation Office Canada. It expands the scale and reach of the Tim Hortons Coffee Partnership, launched in 2005 to improve the businesses and lives of smallholder coffee farmers in the regions where Tim Hortons sources its coffee.
The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) coffee farming and marketing has become a more viable and sustainable (environmentally and economically) livelihood activity for coffee farmers/agro-producers, both men and women, supported by the Tim Horton’s Coffee Partnership in Guatemala and Honduras; (2) increased participation of, and benefits for, women as well as men involved in coffee production as farmers and in farming households; and (3) increased participation of young women and men from coffee farming communities in economically viable futures.
This project is part of Canada’s commitment to climate change action in developing countries.
The project delivers technical assistance and training to 6,000 coffee farming households in order to help them adapt to climate change. Key adaptation techniques promoted include: using grafting to increase plants resistance, use of cover crops to reduce soil temperature and erosion, using gypsum to stimulate root systems, using drip irrigation and use of drone imagery for production monitoring. Thirty-three demonstration plots have been established to teach farmers about climate adaptation practices. At one of the project sites, 53% of coffee farmers are now using organic matter to increase the soil’s nutrient absorption capacity, thereby enhancing their climate resilience.
Results achieved as of January 2016 include: (1) 57% or 872 farmers (378 women) adopted good agricultural and farm management practices; and (2) 602 women participated in leadership groups/networks and 150 youth (44% female) developed a career plan. These results have contributed to improvements in coffee yields; increased women’s participation in decision-making within the family farming enterprise; and increased the ability for youth to take action toward their employability.
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