Senior Manager for Business and Biodiversity Lee Gross recently visited Honduran coffee farms to speak with smallholder farmers about the outcomes of a finance for conservation project.
A preferential-finance and small grants program has helped Honduran coffee farmers survive a coffee rust disease outbreak that decimated coffee trees in the region. What impacts did it have on biodiversity, livelihoods and production? EcoAgriculture Partners is conducting a review of the program, called CAMBio (Central American Markets for Biodiversity).
The project aimed to mainstream biodiversity conservation and sustainable land use in production landscapes in five Central American countries. Specifically it sought to develop financial mechanisms, delivered through national financial institutions, to encourage the adoption of biodiversity-friendly practices by farmers, livestock producers, tourism operators and other small and medium-sized enterprises. During our first set of field visits, Lee Gross and our local partners recruited a drone pilot and videographer to shoot this flyover of one of the recently replanted coffee farms.
For more information
Download the project description in both English and Spanish.
Read the blog post introducing the project.