Most of the coffee farmers in Colombia are smallholder farmers with less than 2 hectares of coffee per family and relatively low productivity, hence a relative low income. For those smallholders to survive they need to increase their productivity while reducing the costs of production per unit of coffee. Several reasons for low productivity are that farmers don’t fertilize well, use inappropriate fertilizer mixtures, make wrong business decisions due to lack of cost-understanding and have limited cash-flow for inputs when needed.
The program aims to lower production costs while also increasing yields. It uses a participatory training approach to teach small farmers about soil regeneration, income diversification, and access to fertilizers.