Producer Profiles

CECOCAFEN - Central de Cooperativas Cafetaleras del Norte

Located in Matagalpa, a northern city of Nicaragua, the Central de Cooperativas Cafetales del Norte (CECOCAFEN) is a second level coffee cooperative made up of 2,503 small-scale coffee farmers from 12 cooperatives. CECOCAFEN’s mission is threefold – to produce high quality coffee for demanding markets, provide excellent customer service and raise its members’ quality of life. Since its formation in 1997 and having achieved Fair Trade certification the same year, CECOCAFEN has taken great strides toward fulfilling its goals through a variety of social, environmental and productive programs, many financed by the Fair Trade premium.
 

Quotable

Since 1997, my cooperative financed the salary of a teacher, bought an electrical outlet transformer, and installed plumbing for potable water at the cooperative.  

Eualio Munoz

Because of Fair Trade, the Cooperative can now make social investments from which I can benefit. There is outside support available because we are united and this is also thanks to Fair Trade. I learned to better manage production and administration. I feel that I am achieving a more dignified and fair life.  

Enrique Manzanares

Programs

Technical Assistance to Increase Coffee Production

A majority of Fair Trade Premiums were used to revitalize coffee fields many of which were drained of nutrients, or ruined due to Roya, or Coffee Rust. Technical assistance has helped producers find different mechanisms to deal with these coffee pests and plagues. Producers are able to mitigate the damage to their crops through learning about how to protect their soils, and deal with humidity, or lack of rain.

Every producer member associated with CECOCAFEN created an investment plan based on what would be the most beneficial to them to increase productivity.