Peru’s 2.3 million smallholder farmers face a daily struggle to improve their livelihoods in the face of multiple threats (National Agricultural Census, 2012). The smallholder coffee farmers we work with are located in some of the most isolated regions of Peru and are vulnerable to challenges including: international price volatility, changing climates and a dependence …
Pangoa is a smallholder coffee cooperative in central Peru committed to engaging young people as leaders in farming. This project was designed to develop the leadership and business skills of local farmers, to encourage the long term sustainability of the cooperative, and ensure that their future leaders and board members had the required skills.
The Frontera San Igancio (FSI) coffee cooperative has approximately 700 members and is based in Peru, not far from the border with Ecuador. In 2010 they launched a new initiative to encourage marginalised groups such as young people and women to become involved in high quality coffee farming.
Cecovasa is a coffee cooperative in Peru of 350 farmers. As coffee is only harvested once a year, in 2011 they used funds from CPF to train 135 of their farmers how to produce artisan sugar to provide them with supplementary income.