COOAGRONEVADA - Cooperativa de Caficultores y Agricultores de la Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
This year, I feel happy because despite coffee low prices, I was able to start fixing my house. I also received organic fertilizers to grow coffee. ”
Rosalba Corredor, Small Producer
With low coffee prices and the rust outbreak in 2012, both of which have greatly affected us, if we weren’t receiving the Fair Trade Premium producers would have already completely abandoned their farms and moved to the city. Since we only harvest once a year, many young farmers have had to seek alternative income sources to support their families between harvests. ”
Sandra Palacio, General Manager
Members of COGRONEVADA used Fair Trade premiums to hire an agronomist to help execute a large scale project to increase efficiency. Additionally, production of a new varietal, Geisha, was increased, following buyer demand. Part of the premium fund was used to finance inputs such as organic fertilizers, which has already created more fertile soil, Higher yields are expected in the year to come.
Member producers are focusing on increasing their cupping score, and closely managing each step of their production methods, including eventually roasting and grinding their own product.
Improvements for Member Producers
As COAGRONEVADA continues to grew and add members, trainings are taking place to ensure that all members are up to speed, and understand how to continue making COAGRONEVADA successful. Currently 80% of additional inputs and materials are provided to members through the use of the premium funds- both to increase productivity of their coffee plants, and to improve the places in which they live.