FNSF profile

12/31/1969 - 5:00 PM


Farm ID: 1025091

Fair Trade USA Standard: Farm Worker

Varietals: Acaica, Catucai, Mundo Novo, Boudon, Icatu

Elevation: 950m above sea level

Other Certifications: Organic, Utz and Rainforest Alliance

Number of Workers: 110 farm workers

Location: Minas Gerais, Brazil

Hectares: 230 hectares

Fazenda Nossa Senhora de Fatima (FNSF) is an  organic, family-owned coffee farm in the Cerrado Region of Minas Gerais, Brazil. With 110 farm workers in employment, 40% of whom are women, FNSF became the world’s first Fair Trade Certified coffee estate in January 2012. 

Ricardo Aguiar Resende, a third-generation coffee farmer, and his wife Gisele, own and operate the farm. The couple is deeply committed to the health, safety and overall wellbeing of the farm workers, and see Fair Trade as a natural next step. Using their first community development premiums, the worker committed voted to bring eye and dental care to the community. Many workers recieved glasses for the first time in their lives. See the latest news on Fazenda Nossa Senhora de Fatima here



Farm ID:  1023855

Fair Trade USA Standard: Independent Smallholder

Varietals: Caturra, Colombian, Tipica; Castillo increasing

Elevation: 950m above sea level

Other Certifications: none

Number of Farmers: 245

Location: Nariño, Colombia

Hectares: 260 hectares

The Department of Nariño accounts for around 5% of Colombia’s coffee production, and is often recognized for producing some of the highest quality in the country. In 2010, 17 of the 21 finalists of the Cup of Excellence were from Nariño. In the region there are approximately 35,000 small-scale farmers, many of whom own between 1 and 3 acres of land. 
To help bring the opportunities of Fair Trade to those farmers who are not part of a cooperative, Fair Trade USA has partnered with Empresas de Nariño (EN) and 245 independent small farmers to obtain certification. Empresas de Nariño has a long history of supporting small-scale farmers in Colombia, and has developed a number of projects over the years to help them access the market, improve quality and implement more sustainable agricultural practices. With support from local partners on the ground, such as AVINA and FUNDES, we are creating stronger networks or farmers that will ultimately deliver far more impact for far more people.
With their premiums, the small farmers of Nariño plan to invest their Fair Trade community development premiums in capacity building and business training programs. 
Read the latest news from Nariño here


Farm ID:  027393

Fair Trade USA Standard: Independent Smallholder

Varietals: Caturra and Catuai (100% shade grown)

Elevation: 1,000- 1,700 meters above sea level

Other Certifications: ISO 14001 Certified Environmental Management; Quality Certification (2006); UTZ Certified (2007)

Number of Farmers: 537

Location: San Ramón, Costa Rica

Hectares: 1,500

In San Ramón, Costa Rica, 537 small-scale coffee farmers became the first group in coffee to obtain Fair Trade certification under Fair Trade USA’s  Independent Smallholders Standard in 2012. As a producer owned and operated business, Café de Altura de San Ramon works to improve the quality of life of their members through market access. 

After democratically-electing a Fair Trade committee, the farmers at Café de Altura chose to invest their Fair Trade community development premiums in healthcare. After receiving their first premium payment, the farmers will bring dental care to the community. Considering how expensive dental care is in the region, this program will enable the farmers, their families and their communities to see dentists and get the care they need. After Fair Trade sales increase, the farmers of Café de Altura also want to focus on tackling the main problems in the region: creating more economic opportunities for new generations and decreasing migration to the city. They also hope to promote efforts to preserve the environment.

Read the latest news from Cafe de Altura de San Ramon here


Farm ID:  1027136

Fair Trade USA Standard: Farm Worker

Varietals: Mundo Novo (52%), Catuaí (22%), Acaiá (15%), Icatu (7%), Bourbon(4%)


Elevation: 780-1350m 

Other Certifications: Rainforest Alliance. UTZ, CAFÉ Practices 

Number of Farmers: 600 permanent, 1000 seasonal

Location: Minas Gerais, Brazil

Hectares: 3,570 hectares


Founded in 1969, Ipanema Agricola is a large coffee farm located in southern Minas Gerais, Brazil. Around 3,570 hectares of the farm are dedicated to sustainable coffee production and 1,200 hectares are set aside for biodiversity preservation in the region. Committed to both social and environmental responsibility, the farm founded the Ipanema Institute in 2000 to develop social projects for the workers and their communities. The projects focus on everything from education and volunteer work, to occupational health and safety, and ecosystem conservation. Ipanema Agricola sees Fair Trade certification as a natural path towards increased investment in their workers, their families, and the land. 
After democratically-electing a Fair Trade committee, the farm workers at Ipanema Agricola plan to invest their Fair Trade community development premiums in healthcare programs. Workers currently have access to a health plan, but there is a co-payment that is often difficult for workers to pay. Getting better access to healthcare is very important to them. The workers have also discussed implementing projects that provide access to more and better food for their families and their communities.


Farm ID:  1034783

Fair Trade USA Standard: Independent Smallholder

Varietals: 1,300-1,600 meters above sea level

Elevation: Caturra, Catuai, Borbon and Lempira

Other Certifications: Rainforest Alliance and 4C

Number of Farmers: 140

Location: Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras

Hectares: 1,124

The small-scale coffee farmers of Santa Rosa de Copan have worked independently for most of their lives. Now, with support from Beneficio Santa Rosa and Fair Trade USA, these farmers are working together to implement sustainable farming practices, improve farming and processing techniques, and invest in their community. Beneficio Santa Rosa, which serves as the Market Access Partner for 140 independent smallholders in the region, has many years of experience in Fair Trade. They currently export coffee from Fair Trade cooperatives and have facilitated hundreds of thousands of dollars in Fair Trade premiums for smallholder coffee farmers across Honduras. It is now partnering with independent farmers from the Cruz Alta and El Trigo communities in the departments of Santa Rosa de Copan and Lempira to improve coffee quality and bring the benefits of Fair Trade to far more people.
Farmers are already seeing the benefits of Fair Trade. In one of their new training programs, individuals learned best practices for water use in coffee processing. Since then water pollution has reduced significantly, benefiting farmers and their communities. They have also eliminated the most harmful chemicals, and are using protective safety equipment. In addition, farmers are nowworking together to improve coffee quality by processing as a group in a new wet mill they acquired with support from Beneficio Santa Rosa. With future Fair Trade sales, farmers want to improve educational opportunities by bringing teachers to the local school, creating scholarships for children, and buying school materials. Improving access to better healthcare is also a priority.
Read more about Beneficio Santa Rosa here.



Farm ID:  1030631

Fair Trade USA Standard: Farm Worker

Varietals: 1,300-1,600 meters above sea level

Elevation: Castilla Naranjal

Other Certifications: UTZ Certified and Biotropico

Number of Farmers: 30 Permanent, 15 temporary, 500 migrant 

Location: Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras

Hectares: 200; 161 in coffee production

Hacienda Venecia is the third coffee estate to join Fair Trade USA’s coffee innovation pilot program. Located in the central mountain range of the Colombian Andes at 1,500 meters above sea level, the 200 hectare farm employs just over 500 farm workers each year. Coffee harvested at Hacienda Venecia is all processed on site. Tasks are carried out by hand, and the drying process utilizes a combination of sun and heat silos. At Hacienda Venecia the main harvest begins in September, though workers do harvest all year round. To earn Fair Trade certification, the farm implemented training programs on things like workers’ rights, responsible use of pesticides, leadership, and Fair Trade standards. The workers also democratically-elected a Fair Trade committee, and began discussing community development projects for the future. Hacienda Venecia also has an excellent tourism program and is an ideal destination for coffee lovers who want to learn more about farming and production.
Hacienda Venecia’s Fair Trade committee conducts regular meetings to assess community needs, as well as opportunities to improve life at the farm. After the first Fair Trade sale, workers will focus on improving living conditions for both permanent and temporary workers. They plan to use their community development premiums to build bathrooms, showers, and better rooms that provide asense of privacy and security. Workers also plan to improve access to better food, improve farming techniques, and build a healthcare insurance program and retirement program for all workers. 
Learn more about Hacienda Venecia here. 




12/31/1969 - 5:00 PM
08/24/2013 - 12:00 AM