Producer Profiles

CAFNORCA - Cooperativa de Caficultores del Norte de Caldas

The Cooperativa de Caficultores del Norte de Caldas (CAFNORCA) was founded in 1963 by a group of small coffee farmers looking to improve their market access and productivity level. It was with these same motives they became Fair Trade Certified in 2004. The cooperative has 2,668 members, 30 percent of which are women, spread across the Colombian coffee-growing region of Caldas.
 

Programs

Health Care: Cancer Risk

Many rural producers in the coffee business suffer from health issues- particularly Cancer and Cardiovascular risk. Being so far removed from basic medical attention, Health Care was voted as a priority for CAFNORCA. Premium dollars are being used to help reduce these heath issues from arising and affecting producers and their direct beneficiaries. Additionally, these routine check ups are the most effective way to test rural producers for cancer.

Environmental Sustainability

CAFNORCA invests Fair Trade premiums to fund trainings in sustainable management and promote organic certification. So far, at least 10 farms have obtained organic certification. Many CAFNORCA members cultivate shade-grown coffee. The cooperative is also establishing farms to produce natural fertilizers and pest controls for their production use.