Published On: 14/06/202317.7 min read

Envol Vert has been a Civil Society Organization working for more than ten years in the jungle of Peru. Its function is pretty simple : lower the negative impact of agriculture on the Amazonian forest by implementing safe and sustainable agroforestry systems (SAF). One of its most important aims is to gather all the different organizations by creating a collaboration network to share all the knowledge required to be able to manage the creation of a new SAF. This article introduces this new initiative, comes back on the different steps of the creation of the network and presents all the challenges still to face in 2023.

The Agroforestry Exchange and Sustainable Actions Network (RAFIAS) is a platform gathering many protagonists that was created in 2021 in Pichanaki, province of Chanchamayo, Junín, in the central Peruvian jungle. Its aim was to promote the sustainability of the coffee sector through innovation and implementation of SAF, which benefits are double. FIrst of all, these systems ensure the amazonian forest protection, but also better standards of living for the farmers.

Logo of the Agroforestry Exchange and Sustainable Actions Network (RAFIAS)

We could affirm that the network was born in november 2021, when Envol Vert gathered many protagonists of the sector in the first “agroforestry meeting”, consisting of two days of dialogues, encounters, et spaces of sharing in Pichanaki. That was the first time that such a reunion was organized to find common solutions. These two days of reflection led to the creation of the steering committee of the platform, initially composed of six organizations (Envol vert, El Cafeteador, Cooperativa Selva Alta, Devida, Descocentro y el Ministerio de Desarrollo Agrario y Riego) all committed in implementing solutions that have been identified and finding new ones.

The six months that followed have been dedicated to define more precisely the platform through its mission, its work, the name of the network and its logo. Thus, it can be defined as a technical platform composed by a union of public and private organizations and of civil society organizations, all highlighting the necessity of the sustainability of the SAF. Furthermore, to achieve its goals, the networks thought about spreading its own experiences, underlining three particular points : protagonists need to get new techniques totally integrated, the incomes and recognition they deserve and young people and women need to be involved in the process of saving forests.

In June 2022, RAFIAS was officially borned. The acronym is a reference to a palm tree from America and Africa that gives a very resistant and flexible fiber. The organizations wanted to the name to focus on the recycling of the natural fibers such as the aguaje (Mauritie sp), the chambira (Astrocaryum aculeatum), the celtico (Cecropia membranacea) and some other species that can be used to create ropes, bags, clothes or other items in peruvian Amazonia.

Natural raffias

Through this name, we really wanted to affirm the vision and the values of the network. The ties and the nodes typical of raffia are a reference to each organization working together. The union of diverse organizations is RAFIAS. Furthermore, raffia is traditionally a natural and sustainable product, just like the vision we all have of a coffee sector bearing on the implementation of SAF.

For now, and until April 2023, the committee is compounded by 13 private and public organizations :

Civil society organisations

Private sector organisations

Public sector organisations

In 2022, RAFIAS has had the opportunity to be part of a lot of events, such as the diagnosis of territorial governance in Pichanaki, the feria in Súmate al Bosque and the Feria Expocafé Peru 2022, both organized in Lima.

On the left, RAFIAS participating to the Expocafé from the 24th to the 27th of Novembre in the Convention Center in Lima;
On the right, RAFIAS in the Feria in Súmate al bosque from the 28th of october to the 6th of November in Kennedy park, also in Lima.

In 2023, RAFIAS will organize the ‘Meeting of Agroforestry Systems with Cofee Organizations’ in which different protagonists will be able to meet, share their experiences and reinforce the connections of the new network.

But that’s not all! RAFIAS is also currently working on many other projects, like a guide of the species you can or can not plant in a SAF of coffee or a document gathering experiences gained while teaching new techniques to the farmers. These two documents will be publicly available. Furthermore, relationships between network’s organizations are strengthening  thanks to some reflections about development of technical and functional capacities. 

Follow us on Facebook not to miss any of our news! If you have any questions, you can also contact us by e-mail here : redagroforestal.rafias@gmail.com

Envol Vert has been a Civil Society Organization working for more than ten years in the jungle of Peru. Its function is pretty simple : lower the negative impact of agriculture on the Amazonian forest by implementing safe and sustainable agroforestry systems (SAF). One of its most important aims is to gather all the different organizations by creating a collaboration network to share all the knowledge required to be able to manage the creation of a new SAF. This article introduces this new initiative, comes back on the different steps of the creation of the network and presents all the challenges still to face in 2023.

The Agroforestry Exchange and Sustainable Actions Network (RAFIAS) is a platform gathering many protagonists that was created in 2021 in Pichanaki, province of Chanchamayo, Junín, in the central Peruvian jungle. Its aim was to promote the sustainability of the coffee sector through innovation and implementation of SAF, which benefits are double. FIrst of all, these systems ensure the amazonian forest protection, but also better standards of living for the farmers.

Logo of the Agroforestry Exchange and Sustainable Actions Network (RAFIAS)

We could affirm that the network was born in november 2021, when Envol Vert gathered many protagonists of the sector in the first “agroforestry meeting”, consisting of two days of dialogues, encounters, et spaces of sharing in Pichanaki. That was the first time that such a reunion was organized to find common solutions. These two days of reflection led to the creation of the steering committee of the platform, initially composed of six organizations (Envol vert, El Cafeteador, Cooperativa Selva Alta, Devida, Descocentro y el Ministerio de Desarrollo Agrario y Riego) all committed in implementing solutions that have been identified and finding new ones.

The six months that followed have been dedicated to define more precisely the platform through its mission, its work, the name of the network and its logo. Thus, it can be defined as a technical platform composed by a union of public and private organizations and of civil society organizations, all highlighting the necessity of the sustainability of the SAF. Furthermore, to achieve its goals, the networks thought about spreading its own experiences, underlining three particular points : protagonists need to get new techniques totally integrated, the incomes and recognition they deserve and young people and women need to be involved in the process of saving forests.

In June 2022, RAFIAS was officially borned. The acronym is a reference to a palm tree from America and Africa that gives a very resistant and flexible fiber. The organizations wanted to the name to focus on the recycling of the natural fibers such as the aguaje (Mauritie sp), the chambira (Astrocaryum aculeatum), the celtico (Cecropia membranacea) and some other species that can be used to create ropes, bags, clothes or other items in peruvian Amazonia.

Natural raffias

Through this name, we really wanted to affirm the vision and the values of the network. The ties and the nodes typical of raffia are a reference to each organization working together. The union of diverse organizations is RAFIAS. Furthermore, raffia is traditionally a natural and sustainable product, just like the vision we all have of a coffee sector bearing on the implementation of SAF.

For now, and until April 2023, the committee is compounded by 13 private and public organizations :

Civil society organisations

Private sector organisations

Public sector organisations

In 2022, RAFIAS has had the opportunity to be part of a lot of events, such as the diagnosis of territorial governance in Pichanaki, the feria in Súmate al Bosque and the Feria Expocafé Peru 2022, both organized in Lima.

On the left, RAFIAS participating to the Expocafé from the 24th to the 27th of Novembre in the Convention Center in Lima;
On the right, RAFIAS in the Feria in Súmate al bosque from the 28th of october to the 6th of November in Kennedy park, also in Lima.

In 2023, RAFIAS will organize the ‘Meeting of Agroforestry Systems with Cofee Organizations’ in which different protagonists will be able to meet, share their experiences and reinforce the connections of the new network.

But that’s not all! RAFIAS is also currently working on many other projects, like a guide of the species you can or can not plant in a SAF of coffee or a document gathering experiences gained while teaching new techniques to the farmers. These two documents will be publicly available. Furthermore, relationships between network’s organizations are strengthening  thanks to some reflections about development of technical and functional capacities. 

Follow us on Facebook not to miss any of our news! If you have any questions, you can also contact us by e-mail here : redagroforestal.rafias@gmail.com

Share This Story, Choose Your Platform!

Read other Envol Vert’s news

What is your impact on forests?

Read other Envol Vert’s news

What is your impact on forests?