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COPAN & OCOTEPEQUE
Even though Western Honduras currently produces a significant portion of the country’s certified coffee, it is already experiencing high temperatures and increases of pest and diseases due to drastic changes in weather patterns. Climate modeling by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) has provided evidence that this region may remain suitable for coffee production if coffee farmers are able to successfully implement climate-smart practices into their farms. Without the necessary adaptations, coffee regions will no longer be sustainable, making climate smart agriculture investment key, to make regions climate-smart.
Up to date, Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung has trained over 2,727 farming households in climate-smart agriculture with a total area of 8,668 ha of coffee. Coffee farmers part of our projects are members of farmer cooperatives that have worked with Root Capital. Some of the main producer organizations worked with are Capucas, Cocamol, Cocaerol, Cocafelol, Aruco and Cafico. The adaptation training is underpinned by the analysis produces in Conservation International’s landscape assessment framework for the Ocotepeque department and CIAT’s country-level climate risk profile. Together with World Coffee Research, HRNS has implemented 6 On-Farm Technology Trials, which test different combinations of coffee varieties and climate-smart practices such as the use of cover crops and temporary share.