OUR PROJECT MODEL

WORK WITH SMALL PRODUCERS
MITIGATE CLIMATE CHANGE

IMPROVE LIVING CONDITIONS

STARTING POINT

Degraded lands

15% of greenhouse gas emissions are caused by deforestation…and the number one cause of deforestation is migratory agriculture practice. Faced with declining yields, thousands of small producers have increased their farming area in order to meet their families' basic needs.

 

While migratory agriculture is harsh for the environment, it’s a matter of survival for small producers.

STEP 1

Agroforestry system implantation 

The introduction of sustainable agricultural practices in the form of a new agroforestry system based on shade-grown crops will allow small producers to convert their deforested and underperforming parcels into fair trade organic certified parcels. 
ECOTIERRA partners with cooperatives to deliver the resources essential in achieving the transition towards sustainable land use to small producers. These resources include access to funding, support in project implementation, technical assistance, certifications, crop valorization equipment, and most importantly, road to market for their production. Together, these resources lead to higher revenues and the reduction of deforestation.

 

Just by themselves, these benefits would qualify the project as a success…but they represent only a portion of the benefits derived from the project.

 

Reduction in soil erosion, improvement in water quantity/quality, and protection of biodiversity are all environmental benefits resulting from the project all the while generating environmental assets in the form of carbon offsets.

STEP 2

Commodities production

Our team’s hands-on experience in managing the different certifications process, coupled with our expertise in the development of new markets for added-values commodities, makes ECOTIERRA a valued partner for the participating cooperatives. Programs such as our ElevaFinca were designed to differentiate our partners' coffee and cocoa by highlighting the shared environmental vision and efforts made by our partners.

STEP 3

Carbon offset generation

While commodities in the form of coffee and cocoa generate strong financial impacts, they are not the only ones. Our VCS-certified projects generate high-quality carbon offsets for the voluntary carbon market. These carbon credits offer a diversified income stream for producers. They also serve as a success indicator for investors and traceability tools for commodity buyers.

STEP 4

Key Performance Indicators

ECONOMIC
  • Family revenue
  • New diversified revenues
  • Commodity sales price
  • Sales volumes
SOCIAL
  • Number of families involved
  • Women participation
  • Cooperatives certified
  • Fairtrade premium reinvestment
ENVIRONMENTAL
  • Reduced deforestation hectares
  • Hectares reforested
  • Hectares of forest under conservation
  • tCO2e sequestration and reduction of emissions

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ECOTIERRA is please to say that we are now members of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture.

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