Why Fairtrade? Find out how coffee farmers benefit.

Monday, October 8, 2012 | Tags:

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 made:

  • 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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