Facts & Figures

Project Name El Salvador, Rio Lempa
Project Description Improve the economic, environmental and social conditions of coffee farming communities in the Trifinio area
Number of Farmers 250
Project Duration July 2007 - June 2010
International Partners Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG), International Coffee Partners, European Union, TechnoServe, Interamerican Development Bank (IDB)
Local Partners Comision Trinacional Trifinio (CTT), Ibero El Salvador, PROCAFE
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El Salvador, Rio Lempa

Sustainable coffee production and support for community development

El Salvador, in Spanish “La Republica del Salvador” literally stands for “The Republic of the Savior”. It is the smallest and most densely populated country of Central America, marked by a Civil War that just ended in 1992.

Within the municipality of La Palma and Metapan in El Salvador, ICP is working together with the Comisión Trinacional del Plan Trifinio to support sustainable coffee production.

The aim of the project was to improve the economic, social and environmental conditions of the coffee farming communities in the Trifinio area. Here, in the upper watershed of the Rio Lempa, a direct interaction between coffee production and water can be found. It is an important coffee growing region, producing potentially high quality coffee while being of extreme importance for the water supply of the lower San Salvadorian regions. More than 65% of the water supply of San Salvador is provided by this watershed. Therefore, proper management and preservation is extremely important. The beneficiaries in this area receive technical support and training in order to protect natural resources, increase productivity, improve coffee quality, control production costs and organize themselves in producers associations.