AMBIO and the Certificadora Mexicana de Productos y Procesos Ecológicos S.C. (CERTIMEX), a national certifier of organic and fair trade products, have begun a collaboration to develop a joint strategy to generate a low-carbon organic coffee, considering the experience of the Scolel'te.
As part of this collaboration, a workshop was held in the city of Oaxaca with the participation of the Coordinadora Estatal de Productores de Café de Oaxaca (CEPCO) and CERTIMEX. The purpose of the workshop was to explore the risks and threats of the organic coffee plantations derived from climate change, as well to review those joint activities that would allow mitigation actions. A vistit to the community of San Vicente Yogodoy, in the municipality of San Agustín Loxicha, Oaxaca, was held.
The coffee farmers that are part of CERTIMEX have grown organic coffee for more than 30 years. They have a diversified shade system and some coffee plantations were previously paddocks or land where corn was grown. They have extensive experience in organic crops and fair trade, which combine good practices, but, that require support mechanisms that allow them to face the impacts of climate change.