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El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America with a Pacific coastline and two parallel mountain ranges. The climatic and geographical conditions of El Salvador have encouraged the pursuit of a many generations of coffee farmers in six producing regions.
Cultivated since the early 19th century, coffee has been a part of many Salvadoran families' journeys, with many modern 4th or 5th generation coffee farmers carrying on their familial legacy. For many years, coffee was one of El Salvador’s main exports, however, negative climate impacts have drastically reduced the country’s production, making the coffee that makes it to market that much more valuable.
In recent years, there has been an effort to revitalize the Salvadoran coffee industry, improving the yields and profits of coffee farmers through government, industry, and non-profit investment in programming and other support mechanisms. Coffee farms in El Salvador also hold immense value beyond just producing coffee with agroforestry style farms preserving forest land, promoting biodiversity, and sequestering carbon.
Renacer was established in 2020 to work with small producers around the Canton (Area) Los Naranjos who farm on small 1 – 2 manzana plots of land. The farmers in this area main problems were poor plant nutrition, increased occurrence of diseases, poor quantities of production and lack of access to market. The potential for quality was spotted with producers in this region as they had bourbon and pacas varietal mainly as well as being at altitudes of around 1400masl.
In 2023, RENACER was awarded a Sustainability Award from the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) recognizing the school for their outstanding work on training farmers on affordable and sustainable agricultural techniques.