When he first learned of the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program through an agronomist from the coffee supplier ECOM, Blandón was interested, but sceptical: “I was confident that it could help me improve the farm, but I didn’t expect that it would help sell more coffee.”
ADOPTING BEST PRACTICES IN SUSTAINABILITY, PRODUCTIVITY AND QUALITY
After joining the program in 2010, his initial doubts vanished. Through extensive training and assistance offered by the AAA Program, Blandón has learned to adopt best practices in sustainable coffee growing and farm management while improving the quality and yield of his coffee crop, thus increasing his net income.
“Since joining the AAA Program three years ago, my farm has already improved in terms of coffee quality and yield, better income and financial stability, and contributed to the overall well-being of my family,” Blandón is happy to announce.
Much of this is thanks to more rigorous farm management. With the help of AAA agronomists, Blandón has designed and implemented concrete action plans focussing on farm productivity and working conditions, coffee processing and traceability. He has also committed to conservation efforts in order to preserve the biodiversity that abounds in the region.
“The AAA Program has enabled me to work towards productive sustainability while addressing technical, cultural and social needs,” he says.
INTENSIVE PERSONALISED TRAINING THROUGH THE AAA PROGRAM
- Name: Félix Pedro López Blandón
- Age: 55
- Farm: Agricola El Comienzo
- Location: Jinotega, Nicaragua
- Size of farm: 29,8 hectares (coffee)
- Joined the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program: 2010
Blandón appreciates the attentiveness of the agronomists from the AAA Program: “They go around the farm with you and give you recommendations on how to improve everything to do with running the farm. They look at everything from coffee varieties and how to manage the shade canopy, to ways of protecting the environment and improving social aspects of the farm. The support and advice that the agronomists have provided on technical issues have helped us to improve our production and reduce production costs, based on a relation of friendship, fraternity and trust.”
The AAA Program has also fostered an atmosphere of exchange among Blandón’s fellow coffee growers. “At the group meetings and training sessions, we are able to share our experiences,” he explains. “This helps all of us improve the way we run our farms.”