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Strengthening the resilience of small coffee producers affected by coffee leaf rust (Hemileia vastatrix) in the department of Huehuetenango in the northwestern region of Guatemala

Strengthening the resilience of small coffee producers affected by coffee leaf rust (Hemileia vastatrix) in the department of Huehuetenango in the northwestern region of Guatemala

Full title of the project:

Strengthening the resilience of small coffee producers affected by coffee leaf rust (Hemileia vastatrix) in the department of Huehuetenango in the northwestern region of Guatemala

Target areas:

Department of Huehuetenango

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 200 000
01/05/2014-30/06/2015
Project code:
OSRO/GUA/401/ITA
Objective:

To contribute to improve the resilience of small coffee producers affected by rust though capacity building and risk management.

Key partners:

The Ministries of Agriculture, Livestock and Food, Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) and local authorities and associations.

Beneficiaries reached:

928 coffee growers and 1 033 families.

Activities implemented:
  • Evaluated the level of knowledge on coffee production among farmers and promoters.
  • Developed management plans for the various types of coffee plantations.
  • Provided training and technical assistance to 928 coffee growers (45 percent women) through the Farmer-to
  • Farmer approach and promoted good practices.
  • Implemented measures to control rust, improve coffee plantations and preserve the quality of the coffee.
  • Set up a weather station to monitor and register data on climate variability.
  • Established 400 home gardens.
  • Implemented a prophylactic plan for poultry benefiting 1 033 families and vaccinated 24 946 birds against the
  • New Castle disease, coryza and cholera.
  • Set up a revolving fund (USD 4 500) to continue the prophylactic plan and carry out vaccination campaigns.
  • Renovated 91 ha of land with improved and traditional varieties of coffee.
  • Cultivated 6 ha with short-cycle crops (e.g. improved bean varieties and cruciferous vegetables).
Impact:
  • Contributed to decrease rust incidence from 58 to 18 percent over a period of one year.
  • Produced 5 372 450 coffee plants.
  • Produced 2,07 tonnes of coffee seed.
  • Produced between 1.7 and 2.3 tonnes of crops per hectare, of which 15 percent was used for consumption and the rest was sold.
  • Reduced poultry diseases by 60 percent.
  • Strengthened monitoring and epidemiological surveillance of coffee.
  • Reinforced the capacities of the beneficiaries for sustainable coffee production; in particular their knowledge on coffee production increased from 37.2 to 55.4 points and from 33.2 to 66.7 points among farmers and promoters, respectively.
  • Contributed to agriculture and diet diversification.
  • Increased access and availability to food.