Naturland Association for Organic Agriculture


Entwicklungszusammenarbeit 250x166GEPA has been importing organic coffee from different cooperatives of small producers in Latin America for more than 40 years, including six cooperatives in Peru. The coffee is sold in shops specializing in the sale of organic or fair trade products and in supermarkets in Germany such as Rewe and Edeka.

The organic conversion of coffee has contributed significantly to the sustainability of coffee cultivation and increased profitability for small farmers. However, this production is carried out in an environment where conventional production also dominates, representing a risk of contamination with pesticide residues, especially glyphosate herbicide.

Internal control mechanisms in the cultivation and subsequent processing steps of coffee are a constant challenge and are part of the training. In view of the growing problems in the cultivation, which are partly caused by climate change, MISEREOR and Naturland also consider it important to contribute to making production more resistant. The concept of agroforestry systems is an ideal tool with which farmers can counteract increasing attacks by pests and diseases and make their crops more resilient.

During the training workshops in the co-operatives, Naturland, together with the people responsible for growing, buying, processing and marketing organic coffee, will analyse the risks at the various stages of the value chain. These risks exist from the moment the coffee is grown until it is exported. It is therefore important that those in charge are able to identify the risks of contamination by pesticides and take appropriate measures to minimize the risks. Similarly, the concept of agroforestry systems will be introduced as a sustainable practice for the cultivation and protection of organic coffee against increasing attacks of pests and diseases. 

At the end of each workshop, the identified risks and possible measures to minimize them will be summarized during a final discussion. In order to reflect and learn together, the six coffee cooperatives will meet at the end of each individual training in groups in southern, central and northern Peru.

Duration: 2020-2021

Contact: Ute Wiedenlübbert, u.wiedenluebbert(at) 

Funding: this MISEREOR-funded project is being carried out in cooperation with ECOTOP, an institution with expertise in dynamic agroforestry systems