PRODEL Success Story: A Public-Private Partnership that is “Brewing” Success for Small Farmholders

  • Date Posted: May 13, 2011
  • Organizations/Projects: ACDI/VOCA
  • Document Types: Case Study or Vignette
  • Donor Type: U.S. Agency for International Development

The neighborhood of Yamalaca in Olmedo, in Ecuador’s southern-most province of Loja, is historically known for its high-quality coffee production. However, a range of factors, including aging plantations, soil erosion, strong winds, pests and diseases, low coffee prices, and limited technological renewal, have left the coffee farmers unmotivated when faced with the prospect of maintaining an unproductive coffee farm. As a result, many of the local farmers have abandoned coffee farming over the years. In 2010, USAID’s PRODEL program began working there and has supported a shifting of the tides and the Yamalaca community is motivated to reclaim their historical standing as high-quality coffee growers.

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