Casa, Secadora Solar

Beneficiaries

50 Individual producers, with areas of 0.25 to 2.0 MZ MZ  of coffee cultivated, varieties that have specialty coffee and producing farms located from 1400 masl and above.

Objectives (General and Specific)

General Purpose

Provide technical assistance to improve the yield and quality of specialty coffee produced by small producers.

Specific Objectives

• Contribute to the improvement of the drying process of specialty coffee smallholders

• Increase the production and marketing of coffee

Summary Description (Summary of the Methodology)

This project proposes the use of solar dryers as an alternative to traditional methods of drying equipment for smallholder producers of quality coffee for export, in addition to training and technical assistance. It is proposed the establishment of 50 solar dryers with capacity for approximately 10qq, which is expected to reduce the work that the producers uses in coffee drying activities, more efficient use of solar energy for drying coffee, increase coffee quality and processing coffee, with a consequent increase in income for producers.

Summary of Project Budge

Organization Description

Fundación Amigos del Café, was created at the initiative of a group of businessmen and coffee cooperatives, which visualized the latent need of the communities served and firmly believe that the difference can be achieved to become directly involved in the creation of opportunities for the development of families Honduran engaged in activities of the coffee in western Honduras.

Fundación Amigos del Café has partners who have supported the help of farmers of the area since the 2005-2006 harvest, which starts the process of exporting quality coffee and thus the development of properties with excellent agro-ecological conditions for the production of specialty coffee duly certified with labels like Rainforest , Fair trade , 4C, UTZ certified Organic Naturland, CAFE Practices , among others, maintaining trade relations with International Importers.

Project Description

Locality Context

The project is promoted to develop in western Honduras , including the departments of Copán , Ocotepeque , Lempira and Intibucá which presents alarming indicators , on average 65% of citizens in the region are under poverty ( INE 2012 ) , 68.40 % have Unmet Basic Needs , Human Development Index in the Region is 0.58 and low-income families in targeted communities , have in common that the main economic activity is  coffee growing , however the producers have limitations to improve the profitability of coffee production. Coffee production in the West has been growing and improving in quality and the most discerning palates have cataloged with specific attributes.

A group of small producers have survived mostly through the coffee business, coexisting in hostile and remote areas, representing “high grown coffee” where “good quality” export coffees are harvested.

Justification

Drying coffee beans in the sun either on cement patios or parchment bags represents an economical method for many producers , but involves considerable time in direct sunlight , which increases the risk of damage , especially due development of fungi and bacteria, or to dust contamination and damage by animals, all with the consequent loss of the quality. In addition to dry large quantities of coffee requires a lot of ground and additional manpower to extend it, and collect it when there is a risk of rain.

Moisture is the main factor that negatively affects the quality of the stored coffee, as the wet grains are ideal for the growth of microorganisms that cause changes and damage to the final product. With the above stated , and considering that the process of wet processing is important and crucial to obtain quality coffee for marketing, various means are used for drying , from the most modern using latest technologies to basic methods and techniques such as utilization of solar radiation .

Despite current advances the small farmers has always been difficult to reach the minimum conditions for a good drying of their coffee production, often limited by the low income earned from harvesting, small space, inclement weather and not having the appropriate technical assistance.

Ignorance and lack of timely technical assistance cause producers to deliver lower quality coffee and therefore miss opportunities to access international markets in which it could get better payments for their product, quality awards, training, competitions and shares worldwide.

Project Description (Methodology)

This project aims to implement in smallholder farms a prototype solar dryer, which in monetary terms favoring the producer economy and affect the quality of the coffee. The implementation process of the project is:

  1. Identification of coffee areas from which mainly Strictly High coffee is produced and which can easily be identified as a specialty coffee.

2. Selection criteria of producers in order to enhance the production of coffee in those small producers who have small farms and areas that are suitable candidates to join a support process to improve the quality and yield of coffee.

3. Presentation and induction project which will provide the necessary information to enter into a process of change

4. Making groups between producers to coordinate and direct field activities.

5. Technical assistance to improve the production of specialty coffee, including a training process for wet milling, specialty coffee production processes under standards of quality and importance of farm certification.

6. Demonstrative implementation of a solar dryer for each workshop training which will allow the installation process, maintenance and use of the solar dryer, allowing also to transmit knowledge and reach many more farmers.

7. The provision and installation of a solar dryer which is a structure that converts energy from the sun and is able to evaporate moisture from the coffee bean. The provision of the dryer is done through an agreement of counterpart 50% and 50 % will be financed through a revolving fund with the producers groups.

8. Tracking and monitor

Community Partnerships

Collaborative partnerships with Beneficio Santa Rosa and Honduran Quality Coffee (HQC)

Monitoring and Evaluation

The process of monitoring and evaluation is carried out through direct information collection with beneficiaries through interviews, stories of impact and field visit reports and training reports.

The follow-up, monitoring and evaluation are cross throughout the implementation process of the project which aims to 1) measure the progress in the implementation of the program in each of its different phases. 2) Measure the achievements. 3) Check the progress of the project.