“Our results suggest that widespread adoption of IOC coffee could have a transformative effect in tropical agricultural landscapes by increasing forest cover while allowing for high agricultural yields.”

– Chandler et al. 2013. Conservation Biology Volume 27, pages 785-795

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What is the Mesoamerican Development Institute?

Mesoamerican Development Institute (MDI) is a nongovernmental organization with offices in UMASS Lowell, Costa Rica and Honduras. MDI specializes in technology transfer and market development; we introduce renewable energy innovations for agro-productive industry to reduce costs and restore environments in rural Mesoamerica.

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Mesoamerican Development Institute Projects

Pico Pijol Cloud Forest 940w

Co-Manager of Pico Pijol National Park, Yoro, Honduras

September 11, 2013

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Off-Grid Coffee Processing

August 15, 2012

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Integrated Open Canopy (IOC)™

August 9, 2012

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NERC/CIIRED

August 7, 2012

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Off-Grid Essential Oil Extraction

July 24, 2012

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Hermetic Storage/Treatment

July 23, 2012

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Video NERC/CIIRED

July 20, 2012

Patented High-Efficiency Drying Tower

Hybrid Solar/Biofuel Coffee Dryer

July 17, 2012

 

Recent Posts

Yoro Biological Corridor Initiative Ratified by Central and Local Governments

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The Yoro Biological Corridor is a public/private sector initiative of the Honduran Forest, Park and Wildlife Services (Forest Conservation Institute) and the 11 municipalities of the Department of Yoro, Honduras. …

UMass and UNAH students (Brett Bailey and Fabiola Rodriguez) teamed in the field for habitat surveys at coffee sites with Cooperative COMISUYL

Establishment of the Yoro Biological Corridor Provides a Framework for Sustainability in Honduras

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The establishment of the Yoro Biological Corridor Initiative by the government of Honduras was officially announced by Ángel Matute, director of the National Institute for Forest Conservation Protected Areas and…

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Harvest Series #1: Peak Harvest Forecast

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It is now peak harvest season for Cafe Solar, which means that everyone in Honduras is working flat out. The 250 or so farm families high in the Yoro mountains…

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Harvest Series #2: Picking the Coffee Cherries

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It’s harvest time for Cafe Solar. All over those 250 or so coffee farms in the Yoro mountains, family members are busy dawn to dusk. They are picking coffee cherries,…

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Solar-Dried Coffee Will Change the World

Through research and development Mesoamerican Development Institute is on the path to make some big changes in the coffee industry. The team has developed a new solar-dried coffee. The solar-dried coffee gets red of the need to burn wood during the drying process. The coffee is also grown with a new method called Integrated Open Canopy (IOC). This protects tropical forests which creates rich biodiversity growing conditions around coffee farms.

Cafe Solar – The First Ever Solar-Dried Coffee

Cafe Solar is leading the way by implementing this new solar dried coffee technique. There coffee allows the consumer to choose and help the world by just drinking it. With the new method from Mesoamerican Development Institute thousand of hectares of tropical forest are protected and biodiversity is allowed to flourish.

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"Our results suggest that widespread adoption of IOC coffee could have a transformative effect in tropical agricultural landscapes by increasing forest cover while allowing for high agricultural yields."

− Chandler et al. 2013. Conservation Biology Volume 27, pages 785-795

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