BLUE HARVEST EL SALVADOR
Oneida Gómez, 30, shows her coffee plant nursery she has planted with the help of Blue Harvest project in Canton Las Quebradas, San Simón municipality, Department of Morazán, El Salvador. She owns two manzanas where she has her coffee plantation. “We are 17 associated small producers and have planted 10,000 coffee trees to replant our plantations affected by Roya (leaf rust). I thought we would never have coffee again. The thing I value the most is that I have to do a soil analysis to see what my terrain needs to give a better production”, she says. “I feel happy when I see this shiny green plant that’ s resistant to Roya”. Catholic Relief Services through local partner ACUGOLFO has worked with small producers with Blue Harvest project to conserve water in soil and to have better agricultural practices in order to get higher yields. Blue Harvest´s goal is sustainable management of water resources in coffeelands in El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Blue Harvest is led by Catholic Relief Services as part CRS’ Water Smart Agriculture initiative in Central America, supported by Keurig Green Mountain, the Inter-American Development Bank’s MIF SAFE Platform, and the Howard G Buffett.