New Co-op Link Project Helps Cooperatives Face Challenges in Productivity, Quality, and Access to Finance
In the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico, small-scale coffee producers face a level of poverty that keeps many families from accessing basic healthcare, education, clean water and the fundamental business capacity needed to thrive in competitive international markets.
Eight Hundred Small Farmers in Colombia and Costa Rica Earn Fair Trade Certification
Social Entrepreneur Recognized for his Work to Fight Poverty in Farming Communities
Oakland, CA - August 15, 2012 - Paul Rice, President & CEO of Fair Trade USA, has been announced as one of five finalists for the Entrepreneur of 2012 contest presented by The UPS Store®, the most prestigious award bestowed upon entrepreneurs today.
Fair Trade Coffee Cooperatives in Peru and Colombia Receive Funding to Address Key Challenges in Quality and Productivity
OAKLAND, Calif. (August 3, 2012) – Fair Trade USA, the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States, has announced the first two winners of its new Cooperative Small Grants Program, which offers Fair Trade Certified™ coffee cooperatives access to funding for specific capacity-building projects. The winners, APROCASSI from Peru and ASOPROKAN from Colombia, were awarded a combined $40,428 to improve crop productivity and quality management.