Research Initiative June 2009


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Research Initiative June 2009

  1. 1. 2009 “ Finding Solutions for a Sustainable Future”
  2. 2. “ Engages people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment” Vision
  3. 3. “ Sustainable Coffee Farming Practices in Tarrazú, Costa Rica”
  4. 4. Certifications in CoopeTarrazú R.L. <ul><li>Rain Forest Alliance </li></ul><ul><li>Fair Trade </li></ul><ul><li>C.A.F.E. Practices/ Starbucks Coffee Company </li></ul>
  5. 5. Sustainable Plan of CoopeTarrazú R.L. <ul><li>Integration of the certifications </li></ul>
  6. 6. Research Initiative: Goals
  7. 7. Increased sustainable management of coffee plantations
  8. 8. Farm as a System <ul><li>Coffee Plantation </li></ul><ul><li>Natural Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Farmers/ Workers </li></ul><ul><li>Practices/ Management </li></ul>
  9. 9. Specific goals <ul><li>Scientific understanding about relationship between farmer practices and coffee production, quality, soils and biodiversity </li></ul>
  10. 10. Specific goals <ul><li>Increased sustainable management of vulnerable riparian zones and water resources </li></ul>
  11. 11. Coffee Farmers Involved <ul><li>Members of CoopeTarrazú </li></ul><ul><li>Core group (40 farmers from Tarrazú) </li></ul><ul><li>Complementary group (15 farmers from San Carlos de Tarrazú) </li></ul><ul><li>3 organic farmers from the region </li></ul>
  12. 14. Soil Erosion
  13. 15. Coffee Farmers: What are they Facing? <ul><li>Prices of the inputs </li></ul><ul><li>Requests of certification programs </li></ul><ul><li>Necessity of improve their yields </li></ul>
  14. 16. What are they doing? <ul><li>Lots </li></ul><ul><li>Farms </li></ul><ul><li>County </li></ul><ul><li>Province </li></ul><ul><li>Country </li></ul><ul><li>Region </li></ul> Managing the landscapes in diferent scales
  15. 17. Capability Program <ul><li>Increase awareness and understanding about concept of ecology in nature and “agroecology” involved in coffee production </li></ul>
  16. 18. Capability Program <ul><li>Focusing in soil and water resource management inside the coffee farm, biodiversity conservation, integrated pest management, and crop management </li></ul>
  17. 19. Research Initiative and Farmers <ul><li>Provide information about sustainable practices in coffee production </li></ul>
  18. 20. Research Initiative and Farmers <ul><li>Promote the use and interpretation of soil analysis </li></ul>
  19. 21. Soil Samples Keep record of the fertility of soils
  20. 22. Interpretation of soil analysis Nutritional Plans based on Soil Analysis
  21. 23. Organic Inputs
  22. 24. Liming
  23. 25. <ul><li>“ Sampling plots” </li></ul><ul><li>Plote studied 2007-2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Control </li></ul><ul><li>Treatment </li></ul>Experimental Plots
  24. 26. Results
  25. 27. Efficiency in the farm <ul><li>Improve their skills keeping track of the management </li></ul>
  26. 28. Research Initiative and Farmers <ul><li>Improve their skills keeping track of the management </li></ul>
  27. 31. Capability Program <ul><li>Increase motivation of farmers and managers to take action by keeping and analyzing production information, and developing production plans based on these production registries </li></ul>
  28. 32. Members of the farmers involved
  29. 33. Individual meetings with farmers
  30. 34. Workshops with farmers <ul><li>Coffee management </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability at farms </li></ul><ul><li>Natural resources management </li></ul>
  31. 35. Field Work <ul><li>Coffee plant productivity and health assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Shade tree characterization </li></ul><ul><li>Mapping of the coffee fields </li></ul><ul><li>Microclimate characterization </li></ul><ul><li>Foliar and soil sample collections </li></ul>
  32. 36. Volunteer’s Teams
  33. 37. Volunteer’s Teams
  34. 38. Coffee Quality <ul><li>“ From the farm to the cup” </li></ul>
  35. 39. R elationship between Farmer Practices, Coffee Production and Coffee Quality
  36. 40. Coffee Quality <ul><li>Coffee samples (harvesting season) </li></ul><ul><li>Tasting activity with farmers and specialists </li></ul><ul><li>Compare the management of the coffee plantations against coffee quality </li></ul>
  37. 41. Processing Coffee Samples
  38. 42. Tasting activities
  39. 43. Plans, Strategies for 2010 Research Initiative
  40. 44. Improving farmer’s skills Experimental plots Coordinating plans with CoopeTarrazú R.L. and more institutions from the region Volunteer’s Teams (Earthwatch Retails) Still working
  41. 45. ¡Thanks for your attention!