CESMACH - Campesinos Ecológicos de la Sierra Madre Chiapas
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.
This year was not good. We received lower prices due coffee rust and low production. Middlemen took advantage of the situation. Thanks to the social premium, I was able to improve my income especially after the harvest was over. ”
Humberto Velásquez, CESMACH member.
We have been receiving training on how to combat coffee rust and about organic coffee production. Now we can sell our coffee and earn better prices. ”
C. Benjamín Gordillo Lopez, CESMACH member
Organic Farming Training
60 workshops on organic production were implemented. As a result of this process, almost all of CESMACH members received their organic certification.
New Community Center
CESMACH members are planning to build a community center, “La Casa de los Socios”. The new facility will include a central meeting space for training and a little room to store materials and equipment.
Coffee Plant Nursery
Premiums have been invested in a coffee plant nursery. These plants are more resistant to rust and are not given away, but sold at affordable cost to CESMACH members, providing revenue to pay for the expense of bags for the plants as well as fertilizer and labor.