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Title Implementing SPRING at avocado-producers in Peru and Chile
Title Original Implementierung von SPRING bei Avocado Produzenten in Peru und Chile
FiBL project number 65162
Abstract

The demand for avocados has grown significantly in the past years. In 2017, Coop imported almost 5000 MT. Avocados are produced in many countries in the world but for Coop Peru, Chile and Spain are the most important producing countries. 

It is expected that the demand will remain on this high level or grow even further. Avocados offer many nutrition-physiological advantages but have, compared to other fruits and vegetables, a very high water-footprint. The production of 1 kg of avocado requires ca. 2000 l of water.
The problem of the high water-demand is exacerbated by the fact that avocados are mostly grown in regions with scarce water-resources. In these regions the increase of avocado-production aggravates the water-stress for flora, fauna and the local human population.

In the past years, Coop has dealt intensively with the issue of water-consumption in their supply chains.   By lack of alternatives, Coop has developed its own standard on water-usage called SPRING. The standard requires sustainable water-usage in agriculture by explicit requirements. Producers that use the SPRING standard must:

  • use legalised water-sources for irrigation purposes
  • continuously document water consumption
  • protect adjacent water-resources (rivers, lakes, groundwater)
  • use efficient irrigation-technology

The project has the following objectives:

  • Optimisation of water-management through the implementation of SPRING
  • Comparison of SPRING with the Bio Suisse standard on sustainable water-usage
  • The draft of a manual on Best Water Management Practices
Project status ongoing
Start of project 01.07.2018
End of project 31.12.2019
Financing/ Donor
  • Coop Sustainability Fund – Plants, animals and soil
(Research) Programme
  • Partnership Coop and FiBL
FiBL project leader/ contact
FiBL project staff
Research area
Themes
Date modified 20.05.2019
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