Moving on to Step 2…

Without realizing, we have been in Jaén for almost a month. As time goes by, our research work has extended to the coffee fields. Since our last blog entry, we have conducted 10 cooperative leader interviews to help us narrow down our list of recommendations from CCCMP1.0 team. Now, the 3 adaptation strategies that we are focusing on for our feasibility study are:

  • Monitoring pests and diseases: how plagues and other coffee plant diseases impacts different varieties, as well as tracking management, age and productivity of coffee plants;
  • Funding Solar Dryers: several interviewees from CENFRO have heard from the board (consejo de administración) that solar driers should be implemented for as many socios (members of CENFRO) as possible;
  • Local tree nurseries and/or seed banks of high quality coffee varieties: this would improve the quality and quantity of coffee with the more plague-resistant seeds and better shade management at the communities.
Coffee plants with Roya and insufficient fertilizer (Left) One model of solar dryer with calamina transparente (corrugated plastic sheets) (Right)

Coffee plants with Roya and insufficient fertilizer (Left)
One model of solar dryer with calamina transparente (corrugated plastic sheets) (Right)

The co-op leaders provided suggestions on the locations that we can visit and program community focus group interviews. Based on the altitudes of each location, 4 out of 12 CENFRO networks were chosen for our 8 focus group meetings (4 men groups and 4 women groups). The 4 areas including San Ignacio, Chirinos, Huabal and Amazonas, are underlined on the map below.

Map Hand-drawn by Sapphire

Map Hand-drawn by Sapphire

Special thanks to the production team of CENFRO and a visit from a lead auditor for Rainforest Alliance, we were able to tag along and had our first week of farm visits to the Chirinos and Huabal districts during the last week. There, we conducted the first 2 focus group interviews in the Chirinos area. Regarding the 3 adaptation strategies, the interviewees gave us their valuable opinions on benefits and barriers, current and needed resources, and other necessary information/training needed for implementing the strategies in their community. For the second part of the focus group interviews, the producers draw asset maps of their communities to help us better understand their needs specifically for each strategies.

Focus Group Community Asset Mapping Activity in Chirinos (Left) Itati, daughter of a socia, gave us drawings of her home (Right)

Focus Group Community Asset Mapping Activity in Chirinos (Left)
Itati, daughter of a socia, gave us drawings of her home (Right)

For the upcoming 3 weeks in Jaén, 3 field visits are on our schedule. Furthermore, we will meet with key actors from major organizations at both regional (Cajamarca) and national levels (Lima) to collect insights on the feasibility of implementing these 3 adaptation strategies.

Beautiful day to dry coffee and go to school (Left) Jennifer talking to the socio and his 2-yr old son (Right)

Beautiful day to dry coffee and go to school (Left)
Jennifer talking to the socio and his 2-yr old son (Right)

We love the people here in Jaén and really enjoy our visits to the campo. Not only are we collecting lots of information for our Master’s project, but we are learning a lot as well. Thanks for reading and until next time! 😀

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