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New drying method to eliminate the need of burning forests.


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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Increase Sustainability in the Coffee Industry
Increase Support for Honduras Coffee Farmers
Increase Development in Forest-Friendly Farming Systems

“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




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. With this new solar method from Mesoamerican Development Institute, thousand of hectares of tropical forest are protected and biodiversity is allowed to flourish.

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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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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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July 20, 2012

Patented High-Efficiency Drying Tower

Hybrid Solar/Biofuel Coffee Dryer

July 17, 2012

Recent News & Articles


Musings From A Bird Watcher

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Musings from a bird watcher: Being someone who loves birds, I enjoy the starkness of the winter months with forays to the sea to search for birds down from the…

Pico Pijol Cloud Forest 940w

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…