Honey, Cocoa, Vegetables, Cui … Sustainable income and better nutrition
Income through coffee can be unpredictable and is often insufficient to support the household. Coffee farmers are exposed to climate risk, adverse weather events and agricultural risk including pests and diseases. Our coffee farming communities have experienced this impact for many years. For example rainfall in the Lambayeque region in Northern Peru, in particular, has decreased from six months to four months per year in recent years. Approximately seven years ago the coffee leaf rust (disease) decimated a large proportion of the coffee crop. Farmers have since been replanting with more drought, pest and disease resistant coffee varieties. However, as it takes approximately 4 years for a coffee tree to produce its first harvest of coffee cherries, the aftermath is still being felt.
So income diversification is an important strategy for our coffee farmers.
Buying through the Café Femenino Program means we as a roaster donate an additional percentage of the purchase value to the Café Femenino Foundation. Together with funds from other roasters and supporters amazing and impactful projects such as vegetable gardens, beehives, cocoa farms and the farming of ‘cui’ (guinea pigs as a much needed source of protein) are paving the way towards a more sustainable and diversified income.