APAVAM - Asociación Productores Agropecuarios Alto Mayo
APAVAM was established as a USAID project in 1996 and was turned over to the farmer members in 2000. At this time, APAVAM was a second-level cooperative comprised of 46 cooperatives and 1,000 producers. Though the membership has since dwindled to 25 cooperatives with 235 members, its members are free of many previously experienced ills. APAVAM has been Fair Trade Certified since 2005.
The impact of Fair Trade on our organization is large. We are observing the unification of our members through a fair market price. The unified farmers are finally happy, after so many years of struggle. ”
Heine Dávila Ruiz, APAVAM President
Future Owners of Workspace
Members of APAVAM dream of having their own property and warehouse for processing and storage. APAVAM currently rents space, but the General Assembly has approved a real estate purchase to construct their own facilities.
Training and Technical Assistance
The cooperative plans to increase its organic cultivation techniques. It invested $2,200 in capacity building programs for cooperative members.