The Trifinio Region is located in the tri-border area of three countries: Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. This region is ecologically unique and considered as one of the world’s hotspots in terms of biodiversity and coffee production. However, the sustainable reality of smallholder families continues to be adversely impacted by factors such as high production costs, low prices, limited access to coffee markets and climate change.

Since the beginning of our project in 2010, International Coffee Partners (ICP) has been working to improve the economic, environmental and community conditions of coffee growing families in the region. Together with our implementing partner, Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS) and other organizations, our non-profit project seeks to increase coffee sustainability and strengthen family coffee production. This is achieved by facilitating coffee farmers with technical assistance in the agricultural management of coffee, trainings on climate-smart agricultural practices to effectively respond to climate change and guidance on becoming part of a coffee cooperative.

 

“So far, we’ve established and created a good working base through this project with ICP. We’ve seen the quality of coffee improve and achieved significant impacts such as organizing coffee farmers. It’s a challenge that is still faced and will continue to be approached” says Pablo Ruiz, Co-Manager of Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung in Central America.

Get an overview on ICP-Project work in the Trifinio Region as we share our findings, learnings and outcomes based on an external evaluation!

Learnings, Findings, Outcomes: ICP Projects in Central America

The Trifinio Region is located in the tri-border area of three countries: Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. This region is ecologically unique and considered as one of the world’s hotspots in terms of biodiversity and coffee production. However, the sustainable...

Coffee Cooperatives and Communities in ICP Projects in Central America

Since 2009, International Coffee Partners (ICP) has worked with several communities and coffee organizations throughout the Trifinio Region of Central America. Located in the trip-border area of Guatemala,  El Salvador and Honduras, coffee is the main cash crop for...

Coffee Production with a Woman’s Touch

“Before, we women suffered a lot of machismo. Only the men could work. We couldn’t even leave the house. They would scold us for going out with the others to cut coffee.” Mariana Solis remembers her younger days with a retrospective disbelief. Even between her and her...

Proof in the Plants: Climate Adaptations and Sustainability in the Trifinio Region

“We thought we would be able to fight it, but we were wrong and now we know that. We’ve realized that there are varieties that at one time were resistant, but no longer are. One of those who taught us how to work with coffee in this area is the PROTCAFES Project.” In...

How Coffee Producers Benefit through ICP from a Focus on Quality

“When we first started in 2008, we didn’t even know what kind of coffee we were drinking.” Not so long ago, coffee producer Carlos Murcia and his family from El Salvador, La Palma, El Tunel couldn’t tell you what type of coffee they were growing. Much less what kind...

Day in the Life of A Coffee Farmer – Gean

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Coffee Break Ep.3 – Climate Change in Central America

Coffee BreakEpisode 3: Climate Change in Central AmericaThe Video Overview In our last episode, Giuseppe Lavazza from our shareholder Lavazza spoke about the crucial work ICP is doing to address climate change. In this episode, we go to the source, farmers in Central...

Karina and Christopher: Smallholder Farmers With A Strong Voice

Karina and Christopher: Smallholder Farmers With A Strong Voice“Stop using flipcharts, start digging” an honest statement from smallholder coffee farmer Christopher Mujabi from Uganda; a reaction that came on the heels of a question concerning the methodology of other...

Farmer Story: Meet Jimmy Kalonga

International Coffee Partners is strongly engaged in strengthening the position of smallholder coffee farmers in Tanzania. Jimmy Kalonga from Izumbwe Vilagge, Southwest Tanzania, was one of the first to join. In Mbeya Rural, Igale Ward lives Jimmy Kalonga,...