The Asociación de Pequeños Caficultores de Quinchia (APECAFEQ) was formed in 1994 when local farmers united to gain better access into the international coffee market and generate a better standard of living for their families. Quinchia is located in the hub of the Colombian coffee-growing region, with optimal soil for coffee crops. Among its production, APECAFEQ has a high-quality organic coffee, which thrives because of the sustainable agricultural practices members commit to. Despite the political turmoil this region many times faces, APECAFEQ members remain true to the sustainable development model, always promoting organic and shade-grown production, stable incomes and the advancement of women. Since Fair Trade certification in 1995, APECAFEQ has continued to positively impact the region.
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