Cajamarca is one of Peru's main coffee exporting regions. But the sector does not take this success for granted. The crisis caused by COVID-19 challenged the organisations in the value chain to find ways to continue with the practices of social, economic and environmental innovation that make coffee the basis of the economy of many families in the area. This is how the Cajamarca Coffee Multi-Stakeholder Platform was born, a public-private initiative that is aligned with the National Coffee Action Plan and the efforts of the Regional Coffee Technical Commission in the region.
Rikolto accompanies this space in which fourteen organisations are participating, including the Regional Government of Cajamarca, the Regional Technical Coffee Commission, the Provincial Municipality of San Ignacio, the Jaén-San Ignacio-Bagua Special Project, Senasa, Sierra y Selva Exportadora, Sernanp, Rainforest Alliance, Cassiopeia Speciality Coffee Roasters, the Northern Technical Network Cenfrocafé and the cooperatives La Prosperidad de Chirinos, Casil and Unicafec.
At the recent launch of the initiative, Lith Montés, our coffee project coordinator in Peru, explained how it started just a few months into the coffee season and during the pandemic, its next steps and the opportunities it represents for the coffee sector in the region.