In northern Peru, coffee beans grow. Because the soil is exhausted, the yield is low. Circular agricultural management will improve this situation. Solidaridad is setting up 65 demonstration plots for, among other things, the high-grade reuse of coffee waste. Solidaridad will also train coffee farmers in many techniques. These include sustainable fertilisation and shade, water and soil management. This is good news for the 1,600 coffee farmers in San Martin.
The plots are for sustainable agroforestry, a combination of agricultural crops and trees. The trees provide the shade needed for coffee production. They also restore soil fertility and reduce soil moisture. This reduces the risk of plant diseases. Plants that cover the ground will prevent erosion and the loss of nutrients from the soil.
The agroforestry plots will have both native and imported trees. A diverse forest makes coffee farmers less vulnerable if a tree species is affected by a disease. The project also saves water. With the introduction of economic water baths, farmers use 80% less water per kilo of coffee.
Part of the project is to help 800 farming families to set up and establish organic vegetable gardens. These so-called biohuertos will help improve the food security of farming families. They will become more self-sufficient. At the same time, it is an extra source of income.
Making the whole chain circular
This circular economy is also advancing in the Netherlands. The plan is to collect the coffee grounds after export and consumption. Upcycled coffee grounds are reused in sustainable building materials. For example, in the production of circular furniture. Part of the money earned this way will be paid into a coffee fund. This fund will help coffee farmers grow their beans in a more circular way. It will also help deal with environmental and social problems in the Peruvian Amazon.
Will Pauffley from Solidaridad is happy. “This project helps us improve the living conditions of small-scale coffee farmers and reduce the environmental impact of coffee farming.”
SDG Partnership facility
The SDG Partnership facility (SDGP) helps to achieve the following sustainable development goals in developing countries:
- SDG 2: ending hunger
- SDG 8: decent jobs and economic growth
- SDG 17: partnerships for the goals.
To reach these goals, it is necessary to work together. That is why SDGP works with public-private partnerships (PPPs) between government, businesses, NGOs and knowledge centres. Find out more about SDGP.