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Training and coffee in El Salvador

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General Information 

Project type:
Training, implementation of best agricultural practices and preparation for certification.

Location:
Protected Natural Area El Espino-Bosque Los Pericos, El Salvador

Crop:
Coffee

Implementation:
Project active from September 2016

Associated organizations:
SalvaNatura and municipal townships of San Salvador and Antiguo Cuscatlán

Donors:
NCBA CLUSA / USDA

 

About the project

The demonstration plot with environmentally-friendly shade coffee in the city of San Salvador is meant to be a tool for improving the techniques and technologies applied to this crop, and for promoting agricultural diversification. It also seeks to strengthen the areas of administration and finance, and access to markets, thanks to better quality and access to better inputs and coffee nurseries.

The Protected Natural Area El Espino – Bosque Los Pericos consists of approximately 92 hectares of coffee plantation that were abandoned more than 4 years ago. Following the Zoning in the Area Management Plan, a reactivation of coffee production in approximately 20 hectares was proposed, including the establishment of an agroforestry demonstration and interpretation plot, managed according to environmentally-friendly agricultural practices under organic coffee standards and SAN/Rainforest Alliance certification.

To carry out the project, SalvaNatura signed a technical cooperation agreement with NCBA CLUSA / USDA through the Project to Support the Rehabilitation of Coffee Production and Agricultural Diversification, and actions began with the establishment of a coffee nursery and the production of agricultural inputs.

At the same time, the municipalities of San Salvador and Antiguo Cuscatlán and landowners in the protected area provided support and began training the Park’s technical staff and field personnel.

 
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Outcomes

Currently the project has generated:

  • Establishment of a nursery with 15,000 coffee plants for planting in a 3.5 hectare plot.
  • Use of wild organisms to produce nearly 12,000 liters of bioferments enriched with mineral salts for nursery plant foliar nutrition and the new planting of the coffee farm.
  • Production of more than 72,000 kg of bocashi for soil nutrition and the preparation of substrate for filling the nursery bags.
  • Production of sulpho-calcium mineral broth for pest management in 3.5 hectares of coffee.
  • Technical training in best practices for the team in charge of the Park.
  • Schoolchildren, university students and producers visiting the agricultural input production sites and learning techniques for sustainable agriculture.