The UTZ program, Lidl, and CARE partner on a two-year initiative called ‘Project Guatemala’, focusing on gender inclusiveness and women’s empowerment. Our aim is to make coffee production more sustainable while also improving the lives of the women who cultivate it. One year in, it’s time to report on the progress we’ve made.
Mark Moroge, the Rainforest Alliance's Latin America Director, spoke with Rhod Sharp on BBC Radio 5 Live “Up All Night” to share the incredible success story of the forestry concessions in Guatemala's Maya Biosphere Reserve.
The Maya Biosphere Reserve Forestry Concessions Featured on BBC Radio 5 Live “Up All Night”
The Maya Biosphere Reserve in Guatemala is a deforestation hotspot, but there is a large swathe where the rate has been near zero since 2000.
Tropical forest success story under threat in Guatemala
As part of their commitment to sustainable coffee, Lidl, together with the UTZ program and CARE has launched ‘Project Guatemala’. The project aims at climate change resilience and gender inclusiveness in a coffee cooperative of 92 women-led small coffee farms, as well as improved coffee production, resulting in higher profits.