Producer Profiles

CESMACH - Campesinos Ecológicos de la Sierra Madre Chiapas

Organic producer Reynaldo Lopez, CESMACH member since 1994, benefit's from the organization's organic production trainings.
CESMACH members gather in a newly constructed facility for meetings. Image from August 2013 survey.
CESMACH, or Campesinos Ecológicos de la Sierra Madre de Chiapas, is a coffee cooperative located in the southern highlands of Chiapas, within the buffer zone of the El Triunfo Biosphere. El Triunfo is an area of great ecological importance because it contains two of the most complex and beautiful ecosystems in the world: the cloud and tropical rain forest. El Triunfo’s unique ecosystems are home to an incredible variety of plant and animal species considered rare or in danger of extinction.

CESMACH members are deeply committed to practicing sustainable agriculture to protect the biosphere and the natural resources within its boundaries. The organization became Fair Trade certified for coffee in 2001 and in 2003, they were awarded the Ecological Merit Award by the Mexican government for its efforts to protect endangered plant species. The organization is working towards 100 percent organic methods.

Many of CESMACH's members have been able to pay off their personal debts and make necessary improvements to their homes; thanks to the higher price they have receive from their Fair Trade Certified coffee sales. The organization now offers full pre-harvest financing for members, assuring farmers with the resources they need to consistently produce high quality coffee.
 

Quotable

It is great that we can count on a technical team to visit us on our plots. This allows us all to improve and ensure we are doing the best work we can as producers.  

Reynaldo Lopez CESMACH Member Since 1994

Fair Trade certification has enabled us to access better market conditions for products, and it has been crucial in establishing long term relationships between the cooperative and our clients. It has created a virtuous circle that allows us to improve our organizational processes and the quality of our products in exchange for better income and living conditions.  

Sixto Bonilla, General Manager

Programs

Strengthening Organic Production

Each year, CESMACH invests in a technical assistance and monitoring program for their organic producers. Appropriate staff is available to train and support organic processes while verifying standards are met and quality is high.

New Facilities Promote Education and Production

CESMACH has helped provide funds for farmers to construct their homes, while also builing general meeting spaces to guarantee facilities for trainings or community initiatives.

New Coffee Plants and Fertilizer Distribution

Members received fresh plants from CESMACH’s nurseries, as well as fertilizer supplies.