BSCFA - Belize Sugar Cane Farmer's Association
The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) joined the Fair Trade movement in 2008 to benefit their farmers. In addition to rebuilding infrastructure after the hurricane, the cooperative used its Fair Trade premiums to develop a variety of social programs that would benefit the community.
We are very happy for the ways Fair Trade is assisting us. We are using premium funds for social and environmental projects that enhance farmers' lives.
David Madrid, GM
As part of BSCFA's 2011 social programs agenda, the cooperative plans to create a cooperative store to supply basic goods for members at preferential prices.
Training and Capacity Building
BSCFA will focus a part of their premium money on specialized skills trainings for some of their members. Areas include computer skills, tailoring, carpentry, business management courses, health and childcare nutrition courses.
In 2011, the Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association invested a portion of its premium money on tuition fees, scholarships and school materials.
Environmental Protection and Development
BSCFA planned to inaugurate a new system in 2011 focusing on environmental protection. As part of the system, the cooperative plans to plant trees and manage garbage collection and waste recycling.