CECOCEMAC (Central de Cooperativas Multiples Aroma del Cafe) is made up of six different cooperatives with over 350 members. 23% of this cooperative are woman. CECOCEMAC is committed to the values of justice and equality and actively promote gender equality within the cooperative. On average, a producer is responsible for 1.88 hectares of land and together are working towards environmental and socio-economic sustainability.
Oromia is the birthplace of coffee. Founded in June 1999 with 34 certified organic co-operatives, OROMIA Coffee Farmers Co-operative Union has now grown to 311 primary cooperatives. OCFCU became Fair-trade certified in 2002 and has grown to be the largest Fairtrade coffee producer in Ethiopia. The community uses organic agricultural methods such as intercropping to enhance soil fertility as well as striving for environmental sustainability, OCFCU has built 56 clean water wells, four health clinics and also promote gender equality by women having a prominent and central position in all areas within the organisation.
Producer members of ASOPROSIERRA grow coffee in the municipalities of Santa Marta, Cienaga, Aracataca and Fundacion along the northern highlands. There are currently 324 members. Cultivars include Colombia, Castillo, Caturra and Typica varieties at altitudes of 750 to 1550m AMSL. All the coffee is shade grown, fully washed and sun dried.
ASOPROSIERRA encourages member producers to implement agroecology practices to improve the quality of their coffee while conserving their environment.
The Cooperativa Agraria de Productores Ecológicos de San Ignacio (APESI) was established in 2012. It has 347 member producers based in the San Ignacio province of Cajamarca. The average farm size is 2.5 hectares and altitudes range from 950 to 1780m ASL. APESI’s objective is to develop and promote ecological agricultural production. APESI focus their sustainability efforts on soil conservation, food security and water management.
The women of APESI cooperative are proud to produce coffee as part of the Café Femenino Program. The program has a huge impact in the daily lives of women and creates greater gender equality in families and communities.
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Koperasi Baitul Qiradh Baburrayyan (KBQB) is an Indonesian coffee producer co-operative founded in 1995 and located in Aceh Tengah, one of the sub-districts in the Aceh province of Sumatra. Cooperative members come from this sub-district as well as from Bener Meriah. This area is home to the well-known specialty “Gayo coffee”.
KBQB officially registered with the government in 2002, with 600 members, but due to the ongoing civil war, the co-operative remained relatively dormant throughout its early years. The conflict between the Indonesian government and the “Free Aceh” rebels from 1976 to 2005 claimed many lives and had a negative impact on the social and economic development of the region. KBQB has helped create stable market access for its members to revive the coffee industry after the civil war. In 2006 the members received their first organic premium, and the co-operative began to grow dramatically to more than 5,000 members, with up to 20% of members being women.
In October 2007, KBQB became Fairtrade Certified. Through Fairtrade, KBQB has developed rapidly and recently bought the coffee processing factory they formerly rented in Takengon. This factory creates employment for Takengon community members and has become one of the big coffee factories and a main buyer in the area.
Today, KBQB is known by buyers for producing a quality cup of coffee that is 100% certified organic. The co-operative has maintained long-standing relationships with various buyers in the international market, showcasing the farmers’ reliability and valued standards of quality production.
Currently consisting of 2,600 members, HOAC is one of the oldest Fairtrade certified organisations. The premium received from Fairtrade has gone towards creating better road access into HOAC, which has been its primary concern. This has not only allowed better access for locals and emergency vehicles but has created much needed jobs for residents living along the road to keep it maintained. Education for the next generation is a key concern for the area, with only 50% of Papuans achieving three years of education. By building four permanent elementary schools and purchasing textbooks and desks from their premium, HOAC are on their way to achieving higher education.
In 2001 the COMSA co-operative was founded with the goal of achieving social, economical and environmental sustainability for its region. The traditional farming methods of sustainable and organic farming were the foundation for many of these principles. A mixture of manure, coffee bean husks, volcanic rock and vegetation create fertile waste which is then re-used by the co-operative as soil fertiliser. COMSA places a high importance on the value of family farming, empowering working women, sharing knowledge and education.
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