Shade-grown coffee plantation. Credit: Aníbal Ramírez.
The coffee beans harvest employs thousands of families in Mexico.
Mexico holds the rank of fifth to seventh world producer of coffee, bringing 4% of the aromatic variety to market.
The coffee industry has a major impact, responsible for the livelihood of 480,000 farmers and their families. Nationwide, coffee grows in 12 different states.
The coffee sector is still one of the most important sources of foreign currencies in the country.
It also employs 3 million people, directly or indirectly. In Mexico, there are more than 650,000 hectares of diversified shade-grown coffee plantations. These farms maintain biodiversity and provide environmental services such as: carbon sequestration, water storage and soil erosion control.