Yagam Coffee's partner NGO Cordillera Green Network（CGN) launched the agoroforestry projects this rainy season in Tuba, Benguet Province and Tadian Mountain Province. Total of more than 25,000 seedlings including arabica coffee will be planted by community people.
Projects will be implemented in partnership with local organization in camp 3, Tuba through MOSFAI and LGU of Tadian through MAO office.
The Cordillera Green Network (CGN) has launched two agroforestry projects this year with Shuju Green Network and Manalabo, despite restrictions on movement due to the Covid-19 epidemic. The project sites are Tadian, Mountain Province in partnership with the LGU through the MAO office, and in Tuba, Benguet Province in partnership with the local organization trough MOSFAI.
Arabica coffee seedlings will be planted along with shade trees. The number of trees to be planted is around 12,000 in Tadian and around 13,000 in Tuba. Each will be planted by community members in this rainy season, as the roots of the seedlings only become established during the rainy season.
Yesterday our CGN staff obtained a special travel permit and hauled the seedlings to Tadian in a truck. It took 5 hours to get to Tadian through several checkpoints. They had to return home as soon as they were done unloading the seedlings, so they went back through the checkpoint again and returned to La Trinidad. Heavy rains caused landslides in two areas on the way back and they had to have the police remove them, which caused them to arrive home at around 2 am.
Implementing projects in the face of movement restrictions can be challenging. However, with vegetable prices plummeting due to the pandemic, community members are increasingly interested in growing coffee. CGN will continue to train agroforestry cultivation techniques and distribute seedlings in order to protect the environment and improve the livelihoods of indigenous people in the Cordillera region.
Projects are granted by the Green Fund of the National Land Afforestation Promotion Organization,Japan.
Lily Dangla Jamias