During the month of May, an Exchange of Experiences in Coffee Cultivation took place, between coffee-growing communities of El Caracol, Efraín Gutiérrez, San Martin (located in the Municipality of Berriozabal), Vicente Guerrero (Municipality of San Fernando) and Libertad Campesina (Municipality of Osumacinta). These coffee communities shared their experiences about their crops and the challenges of this productive activity
As part of the strengthening capacities in coffee-growing of these communities, three school sites were established for the learning how to work with organic coffee and varieties resistant to pests or climate´s variations. The exchange allowed attendees to know the basic principles of establishing a coffee plantation and to identify the characteristics of the coffee varieties, with which they have worked. It also addressed the type of pests and diseases that occur in coffee plantations, as well as the means of control, simple and homemade, which allows them an economic and efficient management.
As part of the activities of the Exchange, a tour to a school plot was made in the community of Vicente Guerrero (Municipality of San Fernando). In this tour, the participants recognized that one of the most important challenges they have in their communities is to awaken the interest of young people to the work in the plots and not to migrate to the cities.
They also identified the need to have varieties resistant to rust (such as Costa Rica, Robusta and Capimor), as well as varieties resistant to droughts, since the rains in their communities are intense, but sporadic, which allows them to visualize a problem in the future due to the lack of water. Finally, they also recognized the importance of group work.