The coffee mill Coopesabalito R.L. works hard to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases by decreasing their use of wood and electricity. Warner Quesada, the mill´s manager, explains the actions that were taken with the support of the financial mechanisms provided by the Coffee NAMA.
Monserrat Prado from the micro-mill Ditsö shows that there does not always have to be big, radical changes to confront climate change: Little transformations may also have a great impact.
Beatriz Elizondo, coordinator of ICAFE´s regional office in Los Santos, highlights the great willingness to learn that coffee producers show in the Coffee NAMA's trainings: “They ask us a lot of things, and the most important thing for us is that the producers leave with less doubts, that they understand very well the concepts that we provide them in order to replicate them on their farms.”
Luz Mery Vásquez could teach us some lessons about the empowerment of female leaders. With effort and courage, she managed to more than double her harvest in just one year, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and renewing her plantation. The lioness, as her friends call her, tells us how this success has been possible.
Over 200 attendees celebrated the transformational change initiated in Costa Rica’s coffee sector by way of the first agricultural NAMA in the world at the NAMA Support Project’s closing event on October 18th, 2019.
An important focus of our work has been the support of coffee farmers to adapt to the impact of climate change. Diego Loría, a technical advisor at ICAFE, has already noticed that the number of shade tree species and disease-resistant coffee varieties has increased considerably in coffee plantations. But for him, the most striking thing is the change of mentality of the traditional producers: “They already identify more with the Good Agricultural Practices we promote - the important thing is that the producer himself recognizes their importance.”
Ana Gomes da Silva of Las Dueñas Coffee feels 100% committed to the NAMA Café. Apart from having renewed almost 50% of their coffee farm, she and her two sisters implement all 10 of the initiative´s good agricultural practices. Ana Gomes da Silva explains how and why she works on making her coffee cultivation more environmentally friendly.
Representatives of coffee mills participated in the business conference "Promoting Low-Carbon, Energy-Efficient and Environmentally Sustainable Coffee" organized on behalf of ICAFE, the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) and German Development Cooperation GIZ.
After over three years of implementation, Sandra Spies, project director of the NAMA Support Project on behalf of GIZ, and Carlos Fonseca, technical manager at ICAFE, take a step back to analyse and discuss the successes and challenges that have come with the project, and how it could serve as a model for other countries and sectors.