The transition from coca leaf fields into coffee (or alternative crops) is proving to be harder than imagined. With the aim of eliminating cocaine production in the country, the Peruvian Government is seeking to convert coca fields into alternative crops.
These coca fields, however, have been produced in the region for generations and provide families with their incomes. Therefore, converting the fields is presenting itself as a difficult task, when alternative crops are less efficient for them to produce.
To help the cause, the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation donated 150,000 coffee saplings to the Queshapari, Marontuari Ashaninka, and Cashiroveni communities in the Valley of the Apurimac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers (VRAEM).