The Cooperativa Agraria Cafetalera Oro Verde, or more simply, "Oro Verde," is a group of small-scale coffee and cocoa producers located in the high mountains of northern Peru. During the 1980’s, terrorism and drug trafficking heavily affected this region due to its extreme poverty. With the intervention of the United Nations in the early 1990s, coffee producers were given assistance in organizing themselves into democratic cooperatives, and the members of Oro Verde began working together with the hope of improving their standard of living by marketing their coffee more effectively, and in unison. Oro Verde was officially established as a cooperative in 1999, and became Fair Trade certified by FLO in 2002. Organization members have decided to use the increased revenue from sales to Fair Trade markets to build a processing plant that has improved coffee quality and production, amongst other investments. Oro Verde was a recipient of Fair Trade USA’s Small Grants Program for the Mitigation and Prevention of Coffee Leaf Rust in 2013, in which they were identified by a committee of external experts as the organization with an exemplar commitment and plan to prevent their crops from this disease. More uses of the Fair Trade Premium by the organization follow.
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