CGN's First Coffee Project
In this project, CGN planted benguet pines, ipil ipil, alnus, calliandra seedlings mostly in barren land for reforestation. In addition, alnus and coffee seedlings were planted, using agroforestry techinique, in order to help improve the livelihood of farmers and facilitate environmental conservation. CGN also organized seminars and workshops on topics such as coffee cultivation, nursery establishment, construction of fire lines (for suppression of forest fire), watershed conservation, climate change and importance of forest conservation.
In Kibungan, the main source of income is cultivation of sayotes. Sayote is a popular cash crop widely grown in the mountain regions, and is called "Green Gold". However, because of big fluctuation in the market price, it provides only unstable income. Mono cropping of sayote also contributes to pest outbreak. As sayote fields are created by clearing forests on slopes, it causes various environmental problems such as deforestation and soil erosion.
In Kibungan, many of coffee trees are grown under sayotes, using agroforestry method. While keeping sayotes, coffee trees can support the soil and also provide additional income to the farmers. Sayotes serve as shade trees to the coffee trees.