Agroforestry coffee in Pichanaki
This project aims at reforesting plots with high added value coffee trees in order to advance the return to biodiversity, profitability and the well-being of the local people. It is being developed in Central Amazon, in the Pichanaki sector, and includes 200 beneficiaries.
The Junín region is the 4th most deforested region in Peru.
Such deforestation is essentially due to the development of the coffee industry in the province of Chanchamayo. For a long time, coffee producers have practiced unsustainable migratory agriculture based on the use of slash-and-burn, monoculture, and an intensive use of chemical fertilizers.
The focus on coffee crops has made farmers highly dependent and vulnerable to economic and sanitary crises. Thus, major threats weigh on the industry, partly linked to environmental conditions. Indeed, coffee monoculture favours regular epidemics of Roya Amarilla (Orange Rust), a parasitic fungus that is deadly to coffee and that destroyed almost a third of the province’s plots in 2012.
In that difficult context, Envol Vert has been working for several years in the Chanchamayo region in partnership with several cooperatives. 700 hectares of degraded areas have been reforested along agroforestry principles since 2016 and 70278 trees have been planted. 522 families of producers have benefited from seedlings for reforestation and have participated in various training and awareness sessions focusing on agroforestry practices and the importance of preserving ecosystems.
200 families from 15 villages are currently involved in the project. It is implemented with four coffee producers’ cooperatives that are daily involved every day in the definition and implementation of project activities, through both technical and financial support.