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Producer Profiles

BAGUA GRANDE - Cooperativa Agraria Cafetalera Bagua Grande

The Cooperativa Agraria Cafetalera Bagua Grande is located in the Amazonas region of northeastern Peru. Established in 1979 in response to low prices paid by local coyotes, BAGUA GRANDE has grown to be the largest coffee cooperative in its region. The decision to unite under this umbrella organization came with the realization that they needed to reach major negotiating power against intermediaries. Only then would they be able to work towards improving the quality of life for its members. Currently, the organization counts with 450 small coffee farmer members.
 

Quotable

Since becoming Fair Trade Certified, we have implemented regulations at the individual level pre- and post-harvest, which makes all the difference in the quality of our coffee. Our next step is constructing this processing plant so we can maintain our high quality.  

Fortunato Perez Mera, CAC Bagua Grande Admin

We are a small producer organization and we like to work in teams. This is the main factor and the leading indicator that has helped us to keep our service after 35 years of been created.  

Fortunato Perez Mera, CAC Bagua Grande Admin

Programs

Technology Transfer

$258,219 was invested in technical assistance, training members on issues related to coffee production, as well as providing organic fertilizer for members’ crops.

Social Security

To be proactive about the safety and well-being of their 481 members, BAGUA GRANDE invested $77,466 in agricultural insurance and social security.

New Plant

BAGUA GRANDE’s investment of $154,931 contributed toward their most recent achievement of completing a $1,065,595 expansion in their specialty coffee plant. This investment has allowed producers experience a reduced loss of coffee. BAGUA GRANDE’s coffee mill is the first one to have new technology in the province of Uctubamba in the Amazonas region on Peru.