On a tropical mountainside of the Frailesca region in Mexico, farmers are planting new coffee saplings and forest trees.
They are part of a reforestation project with the Alliance for Sustainable Landscapes and Markets, in partnership with USAID Mexico and Rainforest Alliance, that is working to conserve biodiversity and provide sustainable livelihoods in the biological corridor of Chiapas, one of Mexico’s key coffee growing states.
The livelihoods of 100,000 families in this area depend on coffee, making the beautiful, heavily forested El Triunfo and La Sepultura biosphere reserves vulnerable to deforestation and degradation, as the impact of climate change on productivity drives farmers higher up the mountain to expand their farmland. The result is uncontrolled fires becoming more frequent, with a serious threat to biodiversity, productive landscapes, and the local population’s safety.
ofi has worked alongside impoverished farmers from Chiapas for over seven years, helping them implement sustainable agricultural practices and tackle low productivity that still plagues old coffee farms where the dreaded “coffee rust” has taken hold. In 2018, this multi-stakeholder landscape initiative was launched to build on and scale up these efforts over four years.
Improving economic opportunity
“Thanks to the ‘Alliance for Sustainable Landscapes and Markets project’, our community has created awareness about how the forest trees are important for us and their positive impact on the water resources that we have available. Now we are reforesting so that we expect favorable outcomes for us as producers as well as for our families.”
- Emilio Mendez Giron Participating farmer from Villa Corzo
Supporting thriving coffee communities
Regenerating coffee ecosystems
Commenting on the partnership
“Working with ofi as a partner in The Alliance for Sustainable Landscapes and Markets has been and is a great asset in accomplishing the main goals of the initiative. As one of the most important actors in sustainable sourcing around the world, we share the same vision of the implementation of climate smart agriculture in the amazing coffee landscapes of the state of Chiapas to help producers in the mitigation of climate change, the sustainability of the goods that the forests provide them and their access to a responsible market that impacts directly on the wellbeing of their families and communities.
“We are thrilled to work with ofi side by side in creating solutions that involve producers, industry, markets and consumers, taking actions for a sustainable future.”
- Edgar Gonzalez, Director of Rainforest Alliance in Mexico