In two workshops held in March and April 2017, technical personnel from the Ministry for Agriculture (MAG), the National Coffee Institute (ICAFE), and companies offering advisory services to coffee producers were introduced to the NAMA Café and its NAMA Support Project. In addition, they were presented with this year´s strategy of working closely with coffee farmers. Both activities were organized by the MAG, the ICAFE and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
The 57 participants were presented with the NAMA Café´s and its NAMA Support Project´s current fields of work, latest developments and strategy for 2017. Through several interactive activities the participants got to know the Measuring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system for carbon emission measurements in agricultural sectors. Among them were 21 technicians and extension workers from MAG and ICAFE, as well as 42 advisors from private companies that offer technical assistance to coffee farmers.
As a next step, the workshop participants will nominate a number of coffee producers to be invited to join in workshops on Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) currently offered by the NAMA Café and the NSP. These training modules, whose first series of workshops was concluded in April 2017, are directed at coffee producers from all over Costa Rica. With the technicians´ help, these producers will establish baselines for fertilization and forest coverage and receive assistance in the implementation of GAPs on coffee farms.
Throughout 2017, the NAMA Café and NAMA Support Project are focusing on working closely with coffee farmers, offering trainings on GAPs and advisory services on farm management, pests and diseases, as well as agroforestry systems, among other topics.
The training of technical personnel and extension workers aims to guarantee the further distribution of topics such as Climate Change, the NAMA Café and different measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the coffee sector (among others) even after the NSP´s conclusion in 2019.