Combating climate change
The impact of climate change is felt around the world. And sadly, many of our coffee farmers have been severely impacted by the change in weather patterns, such as the Peruvian Café Femenino coffee farmers in the Lambayeque region of Northern Peru. In this region, coffee farmers have seen a decrease in rainfall from 6 months to 4 months. This is particularly devastating in the time of the flowering of the coffee.
Together with our friends and amazing human beings from Ground for Change Coffee Roasters, we have funded the build of a water reservoir in the San Jose Huanama community in the Lambayeque region. Like so many rural communities in Northern Peru, it is one of severe poverty and heavily dependent on their income from coffee. Water is scarce and water management is difficult. Climate change has seriously affected the cultivation of both coffee and food, rainfall has been reduced from six to only four months per year. To try to get water to their crop, farming families have been able to distribute water through a system of channels by flooding. This method however can cause erosion of the soils and under-utilisation of the water resources.
With this project, we have funded to build a small water reservoir that will benefit farming families in San Jose Huanama and will allow them to store their water quotas and install a sprinkler irrigation system. This will make it possible to have enough water at the time of the flowering of the coffee and to achieve an increase in production and quality, as well as ensure water for the cultivation of vegetables, quinoa and kiwicha.
The project funds the materials, such as cement, pipes, plastic liners, sprinklers and hoses to construct the reservoirs, as well as additional qualified workforce, transportation of materials and some technical advice.