CESMACH - Campesinos Ecológicos de la Sierra Madre Chiapas
“The greatest problem right now is coffee leaf rust. All of us, as members of CESMACH, subsist uniquely off of coffee. If it weren’t for CESMACH, and the minimum price and premium of Fair Trade, we would not exist. We could not have combatted rust on our own because of lack of resources, so we would have nothing to harvest.” ”
Lilia Perezco, Member
Productivity & Quality
Since CESMACH members were heavily affected by rust, members voted to invest in plant renovation and rust management practices. Part of the investment went towards a centralized nursery that is home to 4,500 rust resistant plants. CESMACH technicians also assisted members with their own nurseries, generating varieties that are particularly well-suited to each member’s farm environment. Additionally the premium was used to facilitate trainings and technical assistance to strengthen organic production methods.
In order to conduct more effective and professional meetings, CESMACH members voted to construct 13 community buildings with the Fair Trade premium, equipped with basis office amenities.