Producer Profiles

APPTA - Asociación de Pequeños Productores de Talamanca

APPTA, the Association of Small Producers of Talamanca, is a cocoa cooperative in the Talamanca region of southeastern Costa Rica. Talamanca is an important part of the Caribbean Biological Corridor, a conservation area that connects the mountains of La Amistad Biosphere Reserve with the Caribbean coast. This area is home to 65 percent of Costa Rica's indigenous population and nine ecological life zones.

The co-op remains committed to protecting its surrounding environment through sustainable farming practices. Co-op members implement new and traditional organic production techniques and plant shade trees that not only protect the land, but also provide nutrition, medicines and building materials for their homes.

APPTA became Fair Trade certified in 1997, and currently exports to both Europe and the United States. In 2000, when the international price for cocoa was very low, the Fair Trade price enabled the coop to maintain production and support its members.


New Secondary School

With the Fair Trade premium, APPTA was able to build a new secondary school.

Training for Board Members

A fund was created to cover the cost of APPTA Governing Board work sessions with producers in their communities for communication, capacity building, listening and making group decisions.

A New Bridge

APPTA provided assistance to the community of Coroma to help build a bridge.