It is no secret that our planet isn’t in the best shape. The poles’ protective ice is melting, there’s a hole in the ozone layer, and no one can figure out quickly enough how to replace CO2- producing cars. As more people become aware of the less-than-ideal state of our environment, Earth’s more savvy inhabitants are finding creative ways to reduce their footprint.
De la Gente is always on the lookout for innovative products to diversify income and value streams for coffee producers here in Guatemala. This year marked the debut of our natural-processed green coffee offering from San Miguel Escobar, Antigua. Natural Processed coffee beans are dried in the fruit of the coffee plant and accentuate the already florally fruity flavors typical of the Antigua Region while reducing the environmental impact of processing coffee.
We've broken down the steps of the coffee process so everyone can see all of the work that goes into a single cup of coffee. However, what's missing (or impossible to show) is the difficulty behind this work, the hours that go into each step, the walking to/from the fields every day (which can be up to 2 hours each way), the number of passes on each coffee tree during harvest and on and on and on.
October 16th is World Day of Action for Food Sovereignty, part of a larger movement to ensure that people have the right to be in control of their food and have access to wholesome, healthy, and culturally appropriate food.
As part of De la Gente’s mission to generate economic opportunities for coffee communities, DLG works with cooperatives to not just grow coffee, but support diversification of other crops too. This is especially important in light of the recent roya crisis. Check out the earlier posts that profile La Suiza community’s food security pilot project.
Food sovereignty also has ties to the Campesino a Campesino movement, which began in the early 1970s in the Guatemalan highlands. It’s a method of exchanging knowledge and information through informal networks to share and develop successful growing techniques. Campesino a Campesino is now a movement of hundreds of thousands of peasant farmers around the world.
De la Gente uses farmer-to-farmer training in agricultural education among the cooperatives that it works with, particularly for roya training, and has proven to be very successful. Learn more about DLG projects and how you can support them!