Why Fairtrade? Find out how coffee farmers benefit.
Monday, October 08, 2012 |
The Fairtrade Mark is the only independent guarantee that coffee
farmers have been paid a price that is higher than the cost of
production. An additional social premium is also paid to the
growers-and spent democratically to develop their business or to
pay for community projects.
Take CECOVASA in Peru for example:
CECOVASA (Central de Cooperativas Agrarias Cafetalarias de los
Valles de Sandia) was founded in 1970, it comprises eight
cooperatives and has over 6,500 members, most of which are from the
indigenous Quechen and Aymaran ethnicities. CECOVASA provides
logistical support, farm technical assistance, access to credit and
training to its members, as well as coordinating warehousing,
milling, marketing, and exporting of certified organic, Fairtrade
and gourmet coffee to the US and European markets.
Positive changes the Fairtrade premium has
- Investment in office, farming and production equipment has
ensured a better quality bean
- Additional investment has been made in a central cupping
laboratory, supported by training in quality control
- Sewer systems have been installed and a hydroelectric plant is
now supplying energy to the area
- School access has been improved and the children of 3,500
member families are now in school
- The Committee for the Development of Women (CODEMU) provides a
forum for discussion and training to over 500 women empowering them
in senior roles within the community and CECOVASA itself
- Investment is also protecting biodiversity in the Bahuaja
Sonene National Park and the Tambopata Candamo Natural Reserve
Find our about the impact of
Fairtrade on our other producers here.
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