purpose of this project is to promote beekeeping as an additional support
to coffee cultivation activities of the most adverse communities in order
to create better plantation management as well as obtaining a sustainable
It seems, in fact, that bees help contribute to the production of quality coffee,
as well as obtaining a very exceptional honey and other derived products. Today
non-existent activity, which, if developed, could help the needier
this project, the Ernesto Illy Foundation seeks to create a supplementary
source of income to support the communities of green coffee cultivators, along
constituting an environmental friendly "basic model" to
employ in other zones and countries initially not involved in the project.
The group of coffee farmers, Calarama of Chaparral, in the region of the Tolima
(central Colombia), was chosen to substantiate the potential of this project,
which in part will be managed by the wives of coffee farmers.