A warm visit to Peru

A warm visit to Peru

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06 Nov 2022

In September, colleagues Marcel Spaas and Linda Lap went to Peru to visit our local cooperation partner – coffee cooperative Norandino. This visit was intended, among other things, to determine the status of the reforestation project and to discuss the next steps. They also spoke to various farmers from the region about their experiences with the project. Linda is happy to tell you about this.

“We are happy with the warm contacts in the project and satisfied with the progress and potential that this project has.”

A warm welcomestrong,
On the first day in Piura we visited Norandino and met the president of the coffee cooperative, Wilfredo Garcia Cordova. We received a warm welcome and were guided well. We also interviewed general manager Segundo Jose Rojas Hernandez and commercial manager Santiago Enrique Paz Lopez about the project, and visited the coffee, cocoa and Panela (cane sugar) factories. “A useful day!”

FCF
FCF

Visit to the coffee farmersstrong,
The next day we went further into the mountains to Yamango. We saw a coffee plantation and interviewed a coffee farmer and his family. We visited his house and were allowed to eat delicious chicken soup. He said, among other things, that temperatures in the area have risen in recent years and that they are now using new coffee varieties that are more resistant to the higher temperatures. Shade trees are also planted to protect the coffee bushes and the benefit of reforestation in the higher regions of the mountains is good for the water storage capacity in the area. We also visited the vegetable garden of the wife of the farmer initiated by the project. ‘Vegetable gardens are good for variation in diet and possible sales.’

“The area where we work is extremely high. Up to 3,500 meters! Local farming families do not have an easy existence. Farm work at such heights and with steep slopes is difficult, and the consequences of climate change are unfortunately already clearly visible.”

Reforestation projectstrong,
The next day we traveled to the project area at approximately 3,200 meters altitude in Choco. There we spoke with community leaders and people from the project. We also visited a farming family there and interviewed the women, one of the men of which was also active in the reforestation project. They also had a vegetable garden. These vegetable gardens are initiated from the project and are supervised by a so-called controller. This woman also previously had an active role in the management of the project. She took us to the reforestation area where there were trees that were now about 10-15 years old.

FCF
FCF

Visit to the nurserystrong,
Another area we visited is Las Lomas. There you will find, among other things, the nurseries of the forests. Here the seeds are planted and trees are raised to the right height so that they are ready for planting. We also saw the planting of trees and visited a community center. The local population has invested in this with money from the Fairtrade premium of the carbon credits.

That afternoon we also visited a so-called ‘fish farm’, another initiative of this project to help people with variation in food and income.

On the last day we visited the family of a former president of Norandino in Choco and filmed their story. We were allowed to eat in the kitchen where the guinea pigs were also walking around!

There really isn’t one day of this trip that hasn’t left an impression. Especially the stories of the people, how they live and how important this project is for a better future, also for their children. Ultimately, this forest will not only reduce CO2, but also provide better water storage capacity in the area, extra protection against higher temperatures, more biodiversity and, in the long term, additional income from sustainable logging for the population.

It was very valuable to see how forest projects set up together with local communities can not only contribute to CO2 reduction, but can also have so many other benefits, for example in the field of adaptation. People are very grateful, which is very nice to see. – Linda Lap