Tomorrow is International Coffee Day and this year’s theme is the circular coffee economy. This means prioritizing the restoration, reuse, and recycling of materials and resources; minimizing waste and pollution; and regenerating natural systems.
One of the ways we do this at Sucafina is by promoting the adoption of regenerative agriculture practices among the farmers we work with. Regenerative agriculture is a holistic approach designed to sustain and improve soil health and ecosystems, while helping farmers to increase yields and quality in a sustainable way.
As part of the Investing in Farmers pillar of our sustainability strategy, we’ve started to provide farmers in our supply chain with training on regenerative farming practices, as a component of a number of the projects we are implementing with our partners at origins where we work.
We’ve also been exploring alternatives to synthetic fertilizers, including organic fertilizer produced by black soldier fly larvae, which convert coffee pulp and food waste into a nutrient-rich compounds (read more about this project here), and by worms – a process known as vermicomposting! These technologies benefit the environment by reducing both the need for synthetic fertilizers and the amount of waste going to landfills.