Coca, Coffee, and Cooperatives: Improving Farmer Livelihoods Through Coffee
In San Martín, Peru, coca used to dominate the landscape. Now, through the Coffee Alliance for Excellence (CAFE) program, farmers in former coca-growing regions are learning how to improve their livelihoods through coffee.
How Coffee is Creating a Brighter Future for Farmers and Entrepreneurs in Peru
When Juliana Solís Barón first opened her coffee shop in Peru’s San Martín region, she had no idea what to expect. Even before the coronavirus pandemic, running a coffee shop for the first time presented many challenges. But building a stable, prosperous coffee sector in this once-dangerous area is helping farmers and entrepreneurs like Juliana to improve their incomes and lives.
How One Entrepreneur is Taking the Path from Coca to Coffee
For farming families in central Peru, coca production brought income but also a constant threat of violence. Back then, these regions were dominated by the drug trade. Today, families in former coca-growing areas are learning how to improve their livelihoods through an alternative crop: coffee.
RFP: Seeking Research Partner for Coffee Program in Peru
TechnoServe seeks to identify a research partner that can help TechnoServe successfully apply for a research grant funded by the Packard Foundation to gain a deeper understanding of the coffee program, CAFE’s, impact on the livelihoods of women and young people.
Women-Led Business Helps Generate Peace and Prosperity in Peru
The women behind Mishky Cacao decided to create a safer future for their families and community – transitioning from coca to cocoa production and generating new value by manufacturing chocolate.
“Passionate about Helping People”: Q&A with Victor Ganoza
After 12 years with TechnoServe, Victor Ganoza, country director in Peru, will be retiring next month. We sat down with him to reflect on his time with the organization, the biggest challenges he has faced along the way, and what has been the most rewarding part of his work.
Maximizing Opportunities in Coffee and Cacao in the Americas (MOCCA)
The MOCCA Program is a five-year initiative, funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food for Progress Program, aimed at helping more than 100,000 farmers to overcome the barriers limiting their capacity to effectively rehabilitate and renovate their coffee and cacao plants.
How Women Cocoa Farmers are Making Life Sweet
Meet Dara Obispo, a 19-year-old single mother living in Peru’s Amazon basin. With tailored agronomy and financial literacy training, she has increased her cocoa production seven-fold — and gained a new outlook on life.
Beyond the Box of Chocolates
Chocolate is one of the world’s most popular foods, but who actually grows the cocoa that serves as the base for this delicious treat? Meet a few of the farmers who are changing their lives using income from cocoa.