Six new varieties of coffee were planted in 2016. This should significantly increase the yield when they mature in 2019, and provide resilience to some of the destruction caused by El Niño and deadly coffee diseases such as yellow rust.
In 2016, a Peruvian buyer was appointed to maximise the price the community receive for their coffee. COINCA, the buyer, is interested in purchasing the coffee again this year, presenting an opportunity for the growers to engage in face-to-face meetings with the company, developing their business and finance networks.
Plans for the future include training a new coffee promoter for the village of Parijaro. This area is perfect for growing coffee due to its high altitude, but it’s quite a way for the current promoters to travel. The new promoter will be trained by current staff to help improve the quality of the crop.