Red Rocks Initiative and CPNCK partnership to provide support to local farmers in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)


The Red Rocks Initiatives for Sustainable Development is partnering with Kivu Cooperative Society of coffee Planters and Innovators (CPNCK) to provide sustainable income to families in Eastern Congo as part of its program to integrate sustainable tourism and environmental conservation for community development. Under the program called “Gorilla Coffee Conservation,” two organizations are identified to provide training to local farmers and provide other technical support in coffee production to promote coffee growing in targeted regions.

The program is also aimed at promoting the revival of coffee growing in the eastern DRC as a means of alleviating poverty in a region that is infamously known for incessant conflicts, which have affected many communities and rendered them financially vulnerable. Tourists will also have a chance to visit local farmers, taste, and buy locally produced coffee, thereby improving the standards of living for several families.

The land around Lake Kivu grows naturally good coffee, which holds the promise of a sustainable livelihood for the coffee farmers. CPNCK is a non-profit organization based in Goma, which is dedicated to protecting the mountain gorillas through encouraging the locals to grow coffee. The Gorilla Conservation Coffee project is intended to protect the endangered mountain gorillas, which were previously poached for various reasons.

The project targets communities like Idjwi Islands and the land around Lake Kivu known for naturally good coffee. This project promises a better future for coffee farmers. It also hopes to develop a global brand which will provide sustainable financing to local farmers and most importantly act as an avenue to protect the mountain gorilla through offering income opportunity to local families.

Conservation of Medicinal plants

We are dedicated to raising awareness around the community about the vital role of medicinal plants around our communities and how we can promote the use of medicinal plants within the environment which are used to cure several diseases; Tourists are introduced to herbs and plants that help to cure different ailments. These plants depend much on how protection for future generational use.

Our conservation for medicinal plants is a way of conserving the traditional natural plants as a remedy for many years to treat illnesses and yet some of these species include several endemic species which are becoming increasingly rare and under threat of extinction. In addition to recognizing their curative and therapeutic value, community people still use medicinal plants in rituals, cultural activities and in religious functions.

The aim for the conservation and sustainable use of plants in medicine is to ensure that medicinal plants are conserved effectively for the future and that where medicinal plants are taken from the wild, they are taken on a basis that is sustainable and at Red Rocks we believe Caring for the Earth extends the message and scope of Conservation and extends the ethics of sustainable living, and explains how to integrate conservation with development.

IGIHOHO Support Cooperative (ISC)

Forests are essential for the well-being of nature and our mother earth. They stabilize the climate and water levels, help in storing solar energy, prevent soil erosion and reverse the effects of greenhouse gasses. Apart from providing habitation for plants, animals, birds and the general wild, forestry is a source of employment. IGIHOHO Support Cooperative promotes sustainable forest management, which balances social, environmental and economic concerns to meet today’s requirements while guaranteeing our forests for future generations.

Deforestation leads to limited forest covers, and degraded ecosystems. Forest covers in developing countries like Rwanda, Uganda, and DRC are declining at alarming rates, leading to various environmental catastrophes like drought, floods, landslides, and adverse weather disparities among others. IGIHOHO Support Cooperative has formulated different programs to mitigate the consequences of deforestation. We involve the youth in income generating activities and innovative solutions for social and economic development.

Furthermore, we not only teach the community the importance of agro-forestry but also have developed a plan where the community around the Volcanoes National Park can benefit from modern agricultural techniques.

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