The new application CRCAFÉ records the spread of diseases such as coffee rust, the dosage of agrochemicals and fertilizers, and the amount of shade trees in coffee plantations, among others.
Currently, the technical personnel of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) and the National Coffee Institute (ICAFE) is entering data from 731 coffee producers across the country into the application, in order to determine greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on the farms. The same data from 2,000 coffee producers associated to private companies will be added, which is being raised independently through a questionnaire. These data, which represent a sample of approximately 10% of Costa Rica´s coffee farms, will be used to verify the use of fertilizers and tree species present in the farm, among others, and serve to collect general information of the producers in each coffee region. The sections for calculating agrochemical dosages and disease sampling are helpful tools for MAG and ICAFE technicians who visit farms and producers.
In a second step and after the extension of the CRCAFÉ platform planned for 2019, all of Costa Rica´s producers will have access to the application to register and update the respective data of their farms autonomously. In addition, they will be able to receive the technicians´ recommendations for their coffee plantations directly through the application, which will speed up the process significantly.
The development of the application was based on an already existing system: the so-called Coffeecloud was developed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and modified according to the needs of the sector. The German Development Cooperation, GIZ supported and financed the process of adaptation to CRCAFE within its NAMA Support Project (NSP Café). ICAFE will follow up and maintain the application in the future