No 6

Coffee Farming, an Activity that is Increasingly Environmentally Friendly

March, 2012

Sustainability that Matters

Coffee Farming, an Activity that is Increasingly Environmentally Friendly

The coffee zone is located in the Andean Region, one of the areas with more biodiversity in the planet and with very specific characteristics: 3 mountain ranges, diverse ecosystems and different altitudes. This is why the FNC is committed to lead programs that are aimed at reducing the environmental impact and encourage practices to preserve biodiversity.

One of the most significant environmental projects is being developed in the southwest of Colombia. Since 2010, the Federation began a far reaching program for the incorporation of biodiversity in the coffee regions of the departments of Valle del Cauca, Nariño and Quindio, in association with the United Nations Program for development (UNDP) and the GEF (Global Environmental Facility).

This program´s main objective, with an approximate investment of US $7 million, is to contribute to the quality of life and the improvement of the coffee producers’ income through payments of environmental services, sale of certified and non-certified products, strengthening of the municipal capacities for territorial planning and support to the economical and ecological viability of the farms that favor biodiversity.

The goal of the FNC between 2011 and 2014 is to certify and verify 27,000 hectares of coffee and establish 450 hectares of conservation corridors. 

Other environmental projects

Other important projects that the Federation has led are the Ranger Families and the Bird Participative Census for the preservation of biodiversity in the coffee regions. These integrate the family and work with small children from their first levels at school, in order to encourage them to preserve the rural landscapes.

Based on these initiatives and the work with communities, very significant projects have been carried out. An example of this is Café San Isidro, from the department of Huila, whose label contains the phrase ´Harmony with Nature´. Similar projects have been raw material for special editions of Juan Valdez Café, which pretend to inform the consumer about the importance of the preservation of biodiversity and the environment.

These programs are framed inside the sustainability strategy of the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation, which conceives coffee farming as an activity that must be compatible with the preservation of the environment. This is why it promotes and educates interest groups about the good use of natural resources and the implementation of the best production practices. 

Through education and different projects that involve communities and partners, as well as allies in Colombia and overseas, the FNC contributes to preserve and protect biodiversity in the coffee regions. These are just a few examples of how the Federation, its Committees, Cenicafe and its different stakeholders, have become important actors to identify and protect Colombia’s ecosystems.

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