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. For a wide variety of reasons, cooperative farming has not seen much success in Nariño; the vast majority of farmers in the region are unassociated. To help bring the opportunities of Fair Trade to those farmers who are not part of a cooperative. 245 independent small farmers obtained the certification.