Coffee farmers boost biodiversity in Mexico

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Around the world, most coffee comes from monocultures. But in Mexico, coffee plantations can be a haven of biodiversity. Most coffee here is still grown the traditional way — in the shade of trees and natural forest — and harvested by hand. 

Some 90% of Mexican coffee farms are minifundistas, with less than three hectares of land, and don't have the resources to switch to modern, industrialized methods. That's great for the environment, but it also means their earnings are low.  

Cafecol is helping coffee farmers in Veracruz boost their income while preserving their ecological practices, by supporting the production of high-quality beans. The Bioeconomy Acceleration Fund (BIOFIN) pays farmers an advance on crops that have yet to be harvested, so they can afford the longer growing time for their high-quality produce. 

The fund is supported by BIOFIN, an initiative of the IKI. 

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Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN II)

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