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Producer Profiles

CECOVASA - Cooperativas Agrarias Cafetaleras Valles Sandia

CECOVASA was founded in 1970 when a group of coffee farmers in the northern Lake Titicaca region of Peru came together to sell their coffee. Members of the organization are primarily of indigenous, Quechua and Aymara, descent. Up until their unification, farmers sold their coffee beans to intermediaries who typically paid less than half of the market price. Today, the cooperative provides a stronger alternative for producers and is one of the largest small producer organizations in the country. CECOVASA and its nine base cooperatives became Fair Trade Certified in 1993, and began to export their coffee directly to U.S. and European markets. CECOVASA members and staff work hard to ensure high quality coffee. In 2013, CECOVASA was declared winner of the National Peruvian Coffee Quality Competition for the sixth time, out of a total of nine annual competitions.
 

Quotable

"The minimum price and Fairtrade premium represent a guarantee for our partners. Our associates are sure they will always receive a fair price for their entire crop every year."  

Jimmy Larico, General Manager

Programs

Productivity & Quality

By investing in farmers’ production and processing capacity, CECOVASA supported its members’ mission to grow, harvest, process, and export high quality coffee. CECOVASA’s extension program provided technical assistance on best agronomic, post-harvest handling, and value-add practices for coffee.

Communities

Producer Organizations

CECOVASA worked to build and strengthen the cooperative’s financial accountability, strategic planning, and supply chain management. Projects at CECOVASA are implemented with transparent and structured governance. Current projects include extension services, access to credit, discounted inputs, and sales to higher value markets. These services attract and maintain cooperative members and ensure the sustainability of farmers’ businesses.